Bexar County, Texas

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Bexar County, Texas is one of 254 counties in Texas.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Texas county websites

Last rated on Jan. 10, 2012

The good

  • The names and contact information for all county commissioners is provided.[1]
  • County commissioner meeting agendas and minutes are published.[2]
  • Information on tax rates is provided.[3]
  • Audit reports are published.[4]
  • Information on contracts is provided.[5]
  • The current budget is published.[6]
  • Public record information is posted.[7][8]
  • Permitting information is provided.[9]

The bad

  • Campaign contributions and Commissioners Court expenditure reports were scheduled to appear on the Web site in January 2009, to comply with a 2005 state law requiring such records to be made available online. Bexar is the last of the largest Texas counties to come into compliance with the law.[10] As of July 2011, these disclosures could not be found on the website, but some were found using a Google search.[11]
  • There is no information on zoning or lobbying.

Board of Commissioners

Member Precinct
Nelson W. Jeff County Judge
Sergio "Chico" Rodriguez Precinct 1
Paul Elizondo Precinct 2
Kevin Wolff Precinct 3
Tommy Adkisson Precinct 4

Lobbying

In 2011, Bexar County reported $98,000 spent on lobbying.[12]

Treasurer indicted for embezzling funds

Dwayne Eugene Adams, the former treasurer for the Bexar County Democratic Party, was indicted by a grand jury alleging he embezzled over $200,000.[13] The Bexar County Commissioners Court sued the Democratic Party for $277,913 owed to the county, but chances are that the county will not recover the money. Instead the county hopes the Secretary of State will release the county obligation of $83,000 in primary funds.[13]

Adkisson sued for public records

County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson refused to comply with the Texas attorney general's ruling that he release public information from his personal e-mail accounts in June of 2010.[14] Instead he has filed an appeal over the ruling, saying that the San Antonio Express-News invaded his personal privacy when they submitted a public records request for his personal e-mail account.

However, the Attorney General has maintained in the pas that public information continues to remain public under the Texas Public Information Act, regardless of the e-mail account the information is discussed in.[14]

Public employee salaries

Main article: Bexar County employee salaries


External links

References

  1. Commissioners
  2. Meetings
  3. Taxes
  4. Audits
  5. Contracts
  6. Budget Dept
  7. Frequently Asked Questions
  8. e-Services
  9. Infrastructure Services Department
  10. Bexar public records will soon be much more public, My San Antonio, November 28, 2008
  11. Disclosure Report
  12. Bexar County - Open Secrets
  13. 13.0 13.1 Texas Watchdog, Taxpayers may have to foot election bill, Dem Party leader indicted on $202K theft charge, Sept. 30, 2010
  14. 14.0 14.1 [http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/politics/commissioner_to_sue_attorney_general_over_ruling_95654619.html My San Antonio, Commissioner to sue attorney general over ruling, June 4, 2010]