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Bangor, Maine

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Bangor is a city in Penobscot County, Maine.

Website evaluation

Last rated on October 15, 2012

The good

  • Budget
    • Current budget is posted.[1]
  • Meetings
    • Minutes for City Council and other city boards are included[2] as well as Agendas.[3]
  • Elected Officials
    • Contact information for Bangor City Council members is posted.[4]
  • Administrative Officials
    • City staff is listed on the Web site, along with contact information.[5]
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Zoning and permits are available.[6]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted.[7]
  • Contracts
    • Contract information is available.[8]
  • Local Taxes
    • Tax information is posted.[9]

The bad

  • Budget
    • Budgets for the past 3-5 years are not available.
  • Lobbying
    • If the county engaged in lobbying actives or if it's a member of government lobbying associations are not disclosed. Nor is the total cost lobbying activities or membership dues for associations available.
  • Public Records
    • No ability to request public records through the Web site. A telephone number for the city clerk's office is available, but no personalized email.[10]

Property taxes

In June of 2010 the city council voted to increase the property tax rate by 15 cents for every $1,000 of property value, bringing the total to $19.20 per $1,000 of property value.[11] Six cents of the increase comes from the municipal side, 5 cents from the school department’s share and 4 cents is represented by an increase in Bangor’s share to Penobscot County.

Budget

In June 2010, the city council approved a budget for $45.5 million budget by a 5-4 vote.[11]

External links

City of Bangor

References