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Allegany County, Maryland

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Transparency grading process

Allegany County is one of 24 counties in Maryland.

Website evaluation

This site was last reviewed on March 11, 2013.

The good

  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 100+ years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 4 years.[1]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
    • Meeting videos are available.[2][3]
  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 13 years.[4]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 1986 are available.[5][6]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[7]
  • Public records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the Public Information Officer position. his person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
    • A public records form is provided by the Public Information Officer.
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.[8]
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[9]
  • Administrative officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.[10]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[11]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[12][13]
  • Lobbying
    • The county publishes a statement saying that it has not hired lobbyist representation since 2008.[14]
  • Lobbying
    • Discloses membership to lobbying associations along with dues.[15]

The bad

Bureau of Police

The County commission formed a Bureau of Police in 2008 citing a number of reasons for the decision, largely faulting Sheriff David Goad for various problems suffered by the Sheriff's Office. The reasons cited include:

  • Overspending on the budget by $930,000
  • Failure to respond to public records requests
  • Several investigations into the misappropriation of federal and state grants
  • Failure by the Sheriff to adhere to the vehicle take-home policy[16]
  • In 2011 the County Formerly disbanded the Bureau effective July 1,2011 citing it is no longer was needed due to the economy and 2 years of huge opposition. That same year a little unknown website called Allegany County News on blogspot citied the creation of the Former BOP was technically didn't go through the General Assembly [1]

External links

References

  1. Allegany County, Meeting Agendas, Accessed: March 19, 2013
  2. Upcoming Meeting
  3. Meetings
  4. Budget
  5. Audits
  6. Financial Reports
  7. Awarded Bids
  8. Public Info Request
  9. Commissioners
  10. Departments
  11. Taxes
  12. Permits
  13. Regulations
  14. Allegany County, Lobbyist, Accessed: Sept. 19, 2012
  15. Allegany County, Lobbying, Accessed: March 19, 2013
  16. Commissioners explain rationale for creation of the Bureau of Police, Cumberland Times News, December 26, 2008