Charlotte County, Florida

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Charlotte County is one of 67 counties in Florida. Punta Gorda is the county seat.

Charlotte County's estimated population as of 2009 was 156,952. It is one of 20 charter counties in the state. It became a charter county in 1986.[1]

Evaluation of website

Main article: Evaluation of Florida county websites
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Transparency grading process


The good

  • Budgets
    • Budget is available, with detailed line items and process documentation.[2]
    • Budgets are archived until 2006[3]
  • Meetings
    • A meeting calendar is available[4]
    • Meeting agendas are available and archived for at least 3 years[5]
    • Meeting minutes are available and archived for at least 3 years[6]
  • Elected Officials
    • Names and email addresses are listed for the main elected officials[7]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Administrative Officials names are listed[8]
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Building permits are available[9], as well as zoning information.[10]
  • Includes Budget FAQs page with links to articles on Where the Funds Come From, Where the Funds Go, and How Your Tax Bill is Spent.
  • Audits
    • Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports are available and archived for 3 years.[11]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and awarded contracts are posted online.[12]
  • Lobbying
    • The website links to their Open Secrets lobbying page and acknowledges their lobbying firm on their website[13].
  • Public Records
    • There is a public records database online[14]
  • Taxes
    • Local tax information is available online[15]

The bad

  • Elected Officials
    • Phone numbers and addresses are not listed for elected officials.
  • Administrative Officials
    • No contact information is listed for administrative officials
  • Public Records
  • Information on how to make a public records request is not provided on the site.
  • Contact information for the public records official is not available.

Lobbying

Main article:Florida government sector lobbying

Charlotte County has reported $700,000 spent on lobbying since 2004 (see table). Charlotte County has been represented on the federal level by the Ferguson Group.[16]

Reported lobbying expenditures, 2004-2010[17]
Year Amount spent on lobbying
2010 $120,000
2009 $120,000
2008 $120,000
2007 $120,000
2006 $120,000
2005 $120,000
2004 $40,000

Audits

For Charlotte County, the clerk or comptroller performs internal audits.[18]

External links

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