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Counties in Minnesota
Types of local government
Local government in Minnesota consists of 87 counties, 854 cities, and 1,785 townships. There are also 569 special districts and 338 independent school districts.
Counties may be:
- General law: of which there are 86
- Home rule charter: of which there is 1 (Ramsey County)
Cities may be:
- Statutory (general law): of which there are 747
- Home rule charter: of which there are 107
Initiative process availability
Charter cities have a mandated initiative process for citizens to petition for and vote on charter amendments. Charter cities also have authority to allow initiative for ordinances. Some have granted this power to citizens, others have not. The information for the top 10 most populated cities in Minnesota, 8 of which operate under a charter, is provided below.
Citizens in general law cities do not have broad initiative power to propose ordinances, but there are specific state statutes that grant a petition process for limited subject matter..
County website evaluations
- See also: Evaluation of Minnesota county websites
As of 2009:
- Only 23 of the 87 counties posted their county budgets online.
- 64 counties included information on their websites about public government meetings.
- 73 included information about the county's elected officials.
- 47 included information about the county's administrative officials.
- 34 counties gave information about permits and zoning in the county.
- 11 of the counties put information on their websites about external audits.
- Nine counties gave information about their contracts with county vendors.
- One county website disclosed whether the county belonged to any government sector lobbying associations.
- Four counties provided information on how to request public records using the Minnesota Data Practices Act.
- 32 county websites provided some information about county taxes.
- Annual summaries of Budgeted Revenues and Expenditures and Summary Budget Information for Minnesota's counties can be found on the Office of the State Auditor website.
Counties without websites
As of February 2011, one of Minnesota's 87 counties had no website.
- National Association of Counties Website, "County Seats," accessed September 11, 2013
- The U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 study of local governments
- Minnesota League of Cities, Handbook for Minnesota Cities, Chap. 4 The Home Rule Charter City
- Minnesota League of Cities, City Special Elections, Sept. 2012
- Ramsey County Charter
- Ballotpedia: Types and #'s of local government by state
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