Definition of Terms
Underlined terms refer to other terms defined in this dictionary.
Attributable interests –
- An interest held by your spouse, parent, child, or sibling, if you directly or indirectly controlled that interest;
- An interest held by any business entity in which, at any time during the reporting period:
- you held an equity interest of 30% or more; or
- a family member held an equity interest of 30% or more, if you directly or indirectly controlled that family member’s interest; and
- An interest held by any trust or estate in which, at any time during the reporting period, you:
- held a reversionary interest;
- were a beneficiary; or
- if a revocable trust, were a settlor.
Business entity – any person or entity engaged in business or other organized activity, whether for-profit or not-for-profit and regardless of form.
- “Business entity” includes, for example, any:
- general or limited partnership
- limited liability company
- sole proprietorship.
- joint venture
- unincorporated association or firm
- real estate investment trust
- institution, trust, foundation, or other organization
Business with City –
- having or seeking one or a combination of contracts or other transactions with the City or with another person in connection with a contract between that other person and the City, that involves the commitment of $5,000 or more;
- being regulated by or subject to the authority of the City, any City agency, or any City official; or
- undertaking activities that require registration as a lobbyist.
City – Any department, board, commission, council, authority, committee, office, or other unit of City government.
Family member – any:
- sibling; or
- child, including an adopted child, stepchild, ward, or foster child, regardless of age.
Financial interest – ownership of:
- more that 3% of a business entity; or
- securities of any kind that represent or are convertible into ownership of more than 3% of a business entity; or
- an interest as a result of which the owner:
- received more than $1,000 in any of the preceding 3 calendar years; or
- is entitled to receive more than $1,000 in the current or any later calendar year.
Gift – the transfer of any thing or any service of economic value, regardless of the form, without adequate, identifiable, and lawful consideration.
- “Gift” does not include political contributions that are regulated under state law.
Interest – any legal or equitable economic interest, whether or not subject to an encumbrance or a condition, that was owned or held, in whole or in part, jointly or severally, directly or indirectly, at any time during the reporting period.
- “Interest” does not include:
- an interest held in the capacity of a personal representative, agent, custodian, fiduciary, or trustee, unless the holder has an equitable interest in the subject matter;
- an interest in a time or demand deposit in a financial institution (e.g., checking account, savings account, or certificate of deposit);
- an interest in an insurance policy, endowment policy, or annuity contract under which an insurer promises to pay a fixed amount of money, either in a lump sum or periodically for life or some other specified period;
- an interest in a common trust fund or a trust that forms part of a pension or profit-sharing plan that:
- has more than 25 participants; and
- has been determined by the Internal Revenue Service to be a qualified trust under § 401 or § 501 of the Internal Revenue Code; or
- a mutual fund or exchange-traded fund that is publicly traded on a national scale, unless the mutual fund or exchange-traded fund is composed primarily of holdings of stocks and interests in a specific sector or area that is regulated by the public servant's agency.
Person – any individual or business entity
Principle address – a dwelling that:
- is used as a person’s principal or primary home; and
- is actually occupied by that person for more than 6 months of a 12-month period.
Reporting period –
- January 1 through December 31 of the immediately preceding calendar year; or
- any additional period for which a disclosure statement is required.
Significant gift –
- any gift with a value of more than $20; and
- any gift in a series of gifts with a cumulative value of $100 or more given by or on behalf of the same person during the reporting period.
- “Significant gift” does not include any of the following, regardless of value:
- a gift from a family member;
- a campaign contribution that is otherwise reported as required by law; or
- tickets or free admission given to an elected official to attend a specific charitable, cultural, or political event, if given by the person sponsoring or conducting the event as a courtesy or ceremony to the office.
Substantial interest -
- holding an equity interest of 30% or more in a business entity.