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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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