Blaine County, Montana

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Meetings P
Elected Officials
Administrative Officials P
Permits, zoning
Audits P
Contracts P
Lobbying N
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Public records P
Local taxes
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Blaine County is one of 56 counties in Montana. Blaine County is located in north central Montana. The estimated population is 7,009. The county seat is Chinook.

Website evaluation

Last rated on December 30, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 7 years.[1]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[2]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address and phone number.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[3]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 1 year.[4]
    • Meeting agendas are archived for less than 1 year.[5]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[6]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.[7]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[8]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[9]
  • Public Records
    • Information regarding public records requests is available along with phone numbers for county departments.[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]
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.[12]
  • 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.[13]

The bad

  • Public Records
    • Public records custodians are not listed with individual emails.
    • Fee schedule is not provided.
    • Public records request form is not available.
  • Administrative Officials
    • Personalized email addresses are not provided.
  • Audits
    • Archived audits are not available.
  • Contracts
    • Value of contracts is not posted.
  • 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.
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes and agendas are not archived for 3-5 years.

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