Parishes in Louisiana
Types of local government
Local government in Louisiana consists of:
- Parishes: Parishes are Louisiana's equivalent to counties in most states. Parishes can have various forms of governments including police jury, parish commission, and consolidated parish/city. These divisions have different sub-types and different rules for petition and establishment.
- Cities: Any municipality that has a population of 5,000 or more is a city.
- Towns: Any municipality that has a population of less than 5,000 but more than 1,000 is a town.
- Villages: Any municipality that has a population of less than 1,000 is a village. These divisions are made in Louisiana Statutes RS 33:341.
- In addition, there are 97 special districts and 69 independent school districts.
Initiative process availability
- The power and process of petitioning for the amendment of charters is mandated by State Law for all 23 Home rule counties and all 31 Home rule cities, towns, and villages.
- Approximately 15 charted counties out the 23 total had explicit provisions for initiative and referendum for ordinances in their charters.
- Approximately 15 charted cities, towns and villages out of the 31 total had explicit provisions for initiative and referendum for ordinances in their charters.
Parish website evaluations
- See also: Evaluation of Louisiana parish websites
As of 2009:
- 16 of the 64 parishes posted parish budgets online.
- 30 parishes included information on their websites about public government meetings.
- 33 included information about the parish's elected officials.
- 24 included information about the parish's administrative officials.
- 12 parishes gave information about permits and zoning in the parish.
- Five of the parishes put information on their websites about external audits.
- Three parishes gave information about their contracts with vendors.
- Zero parish websites disclosed whether the parish belonged to government sector lobbying associations.
- Five parishes provided information on how to request public records using the Louisiana Public Records Act.
- Four parish websites provided some information about parish taxes.
Counties without websites
As of February 2009, 21 of Louisiana's 64 parishes had no website.
- ↑ National Association of Counties Website "County Seats," accessed September 11, 2013
- ↑ Local Government in Louisiana Document
- ↑ Louisiana State Statutes
- ↑ The U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 study of local governments
- ↑ Louisiana Initiative and Referendum Laws Research Document
- ↑ Local Government Types and Numbers Research Spreadsheet
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