DeSoto, Texas

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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials N
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Administrative Officials
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Permits, zoning
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Audits Y
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Contracts N
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Lobbying N
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Transparency grading process

DeSoto Texas is a city in Dallas County Texas.

Evaluating The Website

This evaluation was last updated on: an unknown date.

The good

  • Administrative officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.[1]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 4 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 4 years.
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
    • Meeting video or podcasts are available.[2]
  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 3 years.[3]
  • Public records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the Public Records Coordinator position. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
    • A public records form is provided by the Public Records Coordinator.[4]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2005 are available.[5]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.[6][7]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[8][9]

The bad

  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are not listed with a mailing address, phone number or personalized email. An email form is provided for citizens to fill out if they want to contact their council members.[10]
  • Public records
    • A fee schedule for documents is not provided.[11]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and contracts are handled by a third party site. Registration is required, and documents are not readily accessible by the public.[12]
  • There is no information on lobbying.


Taxpayer-funded lobbying

Main article: Texas Municipal League members list

DeSoto pays membership dues to the Texas Municipal League, a government sector lobbying association.

External links

References

  1. Administrative Staff
  2. Agendas and Minutes
  3. Archives
  4. Public records
  5. Archives
  6. Tax Rates
  7. Online Payment
  8. Permits
  9. Zoning
  10. City Council
  11. Public records
  12. Bid Information