Culpeper County, Virginia

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Culpeper County is one of 95 counties in Virginia. According to the 2000 Census, the population was 34,262.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia county websites

The good

  • Names and contact information for county board members are posted.[1]
  • Names and contact information about county administrative officials are available on the individual departments' web pages.[2]
  • Budgets and audited annual financial reports are provided for current and previous years.[3]
  • Building inspections can be requested and their status checked online.[4]
  • Current solicitations for bids and a listing of awarded contracts are posted online.[5]
  • County taxes can be paid online.[6]
  • The website includes a link[7] to the National Association of Counties, which lists the county as a member[8].

The bad

  • Term expiration dates are not listed for all county board members.
  • County board meeting minutes[9] and agendas[10] for current and previous years are posted but appear incomplete.
  • The website does not include a link to the Virginia Association of Counties, which lists the county as a member.[12]


Main article: Virginia government sector lobbying

In 2004, Culpeper County was hoping to build a local sports complex when it was approached by a representative of Alcalde and Fay, a Northern Virginia lobbying group, with a plan of gaining the necessary funds for the $3.5 million sports complex by tying it to a federal appropriation bills.[13] The agreement between the county and the firm came at a total of $90,000 over an 18-month contract. This comes down to selling federal taxpayer money for just 2.6 cents on the dollar.[13]

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