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Boone County, Kentucky

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Boone County is one of 120 counties in Kentucky. Burlington is the county seat. At the 2010 Census, its population was 118,811.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Kentucky county websites

This website was reviewed on March 10, 2013.

The good

  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[2]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 12 years.
    • Current meeting agenda is posted.
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[3]
  • Local tax rates are posted.[4]
  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 14 years.[5]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 1997 are available.[6]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[7]
  • 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.[8][9]
  • Interactive GIS maps are also available.[10]
  • Public records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the Fiscal Court Clerk position. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
    • A public records form is provided by the Fiscal Court Clerk.
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.[11]

The bad

  • Meetings
    • Meetings agendas are not archived at least 3 years.[12]
  • The website does not disclose if the county belongs to government sector lobbying associations, although the budget includes the amount spent on undefined "memberships."[13]

Budget

Main article: Kentucky state budget

Revenues

The total revenues for 2011 year are $104,038,469.[14] Sources above $1,000,000 are:

  • Real estate taxes - $9,610,236
  • Tangible personal property taxes - $1,730,973
  • Motor vehicle property taxes - $1,065,175
  • Occupational license tax - $24,856,000
  • Net profit taxes - $3,170,000
  • Telephone user 911 fees - $1,520,000
  • Motor vehicle rental tax - $1,650,000
  • Federal prisoners payment - $1,950,000
  • Public housing - $5,142,023
  • State grants - water - $2,200,000
  • South Airport Connector Project - $13,939,437
  • Contracts with other counties - $2,276,504
  • State inmate payment - $1,400,000

Expenditures

Total expenditures for the 2011 fiscal year are $104,038,469.[15] Expenditures above $1,000,000 are:

  • General government - $4,497,132
  • County sheriff - $11,537,439
  • Parks and recreation - $1,911,915
  • Debt services - $3,277,803
  • Administration - $15,918,488
  • Roads - $7,801,160
  • Public works - $9,981,095
  • Jail fund - $6,188,232
  • Social services - $5,665,463
  • Assisted housing - $6,034,824
  • General health and sanitation - $1,300,000
  • Boone County school tax fund - $7,262,500
  • Motor vehicle rental tax fund - $1,650,750
  • Capital improvement fund - $21,596,032

Lobbying

In 2007, Boone County reported $20,000 spent on lobbying.[16]

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