Charles County, Maryland

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Charles County is one of 24 counties in Maryland.

Website evaluation

The good

  • Includes an extensive, searchable directory of all county officials and employees.[1]
  • Property taxes can be paid online.[2] Basic local tax info also provided.[3]
  • Budget is available.[4]
  • Meeting agendas and minutes available.[5]
  • Building permits[6] and zoning regulations available.[7]
  • Annual financial report available.[8]
  • Recent and current contract bids posted, and awarded bids are designated.[9]
  • Information on how to make a public records request is provided on the site, but it's difficult to find.[10]
  • Residents have the option to pay taxes online.[11]
  • Information about becoming a registered lobbyist is available.[12]

The bad

  • Does not disclose if belongs to government sector lobbying associations. There is no searchable database for registered lobbyists.
  • Information on county taxes and tax rates is available in the budget document, but is not centrally located nor easy to locate.

External links


  1. Directory
  2. Pay Taxes Online
  3. Taxes
  4. Budget
  5. Meetings (dead link)
  6. Permit Application
  7. Zoning Regulations
  8. Financial Report
  9. Bids
  10. Public Records
  11. Charles County Online Payments, Accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Charles County Lobbying Registration Information Form and Report, Accessed September 16, 2013