Delaware County, Pennsylvania

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Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials P
Permits, zoning N
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Audits N
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Contracts Y
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Lobbying N
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Public records Y
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Local taxes Y
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Delaware County is one of 67 counties in Pennsylvania. The 2010 census reported the population at 558,979, making it Pennsylvania’s fifth most populous county. The county seat is Media (previously Chester City), Pennsylvania and consists of communities adjacent to Philadelphia. Delaware County was created in 1789 and is named for the Delaware River.[1]

Website evaluation

'Main article: Evaluation of Pennsylvania county websites'

The good

  • Council meetings are published.[2]
  • Council minutes and agendas are also available in PDF.[3]
  • Elected officials information is published, including contact phone numbers and email addresses.[4]
  • Administrative officials are published, but only sporadically.
  • Budget information is available, although supplemental analysis is not provided.[5]
  • Permits and licensing information is available and includes fees and printable applications.[6]
  • Bids are published, including invitations and awarded contracts.[7]
  • Notice of intent to award contracts is published.[8]
  • Public, open records are complete.[9]
  • Tax information is available, including online payment options.[10]
  • Provides comprehensive information on obtaining public records.[11]

The bad

  • Having to scroll through the A to Z list to find criteria is time-consuming and not user-friendly.
  • No search function.
  • No audit information readily available after search of directory.
  • No lobbying information.
  • Cannot locate information regarding building permits and zoning.
  • Although administrative officials can be found, you must search through the A to Z list.

Elected Officials: Council Members

Name Title
John Whelan Chairman, City Council
Christine Cannon Vice Chairman, City Council
Tom McGarrigle Councilmember
Mario Civera, Jr. Councilmember
Michael Green District Attorney
Joseph McGinn Sheriff
Edward O’Lone Controller
Hugh Donaghue Register of Wills


The total operating budget in 2011 is $314,984,000.[12] No supplemental budget analysis is available.


Delaware County seat, Media, received $9,205,918 in federal grant money through six grants.[13]

Local taxes

In 2011, real estate taxes generated $153, 072 including $4,800 for delinquent and $1,200 for penalty taxes.[14]

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