Cherokee County, Georgia

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Cherokee County is one of 159 counties in Georgia. Its county seat is Canton.

Evaluation of website

Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning Y
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Audits Y
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Contracts Y
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Public records Y
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Local taxes Y
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Transparency grading process

Main article: Evaluation of Georgia county websites

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 3 years.[1]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[2]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[3]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 10 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 10 years.
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
    • Meeting videos are available.[4]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2006 are available.[5]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[6]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[7]
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the City Clerk. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[8]
    • A public records form is provided.
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.[9]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.[10]
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[11]
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.[12]
  • Lobbying
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[14]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[15]


Change in fiscal year

Starting in 2012, the county is changing its fiscal year to run from October 1 to September 30 instead of its previous timeline of January 1 to December 31. Because of this, 2012 will be a "short year," spanning the 9 months between January 1, 2012, and September 30, 2012.[16]

2012 "short year" budget

75% of 2011 Budget and Short-year 2012 Budget[16]
Fund 2011 Budget 2012 Proposed % Change
General Fund $42,008,462 $41,806,564 -0.5%
Major Operations $81,926,055 $81,082,602 -1.0%
Other $5,631,046 $5,214,624 -5.6%
Total Operating $87,557,102 $86,397,226 -1.3%
Capital Related $46,216,798 $45,921,549 -0.6%
TOTAL $133,773,900 $132,318,775 -1.1%

2010 and 2011 budgets

The county had a budget of $196.1 million in 2010 and $178.4 million in 2011.[16]



Proposed tax rates for 2012 are 5.365 for the general fund, 3.129 for the fire fund, and 0.641 for the parks bond.[16]


2011 Tax Levies[17]
Levy 2009 2010 2011
Net General Millage 4.381 4.720 5.694
Net Fire District Millage 2.742 2.950 3.209
Net Parks Bond Millage 0.580 0.628 0.666

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