Evaluation of South Dakota county websites
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County website project
County comparison chart
City website project
List of cities
School district website project
List of school districts
See also: County websites, state-by-state comparison, to compare what you can find on South Dakota's county websites to what can be found on county websites in other states.
Reading the chart
In the chart below:
|means that information is included on the government website|
|means that the information was not provided on the government website|
|means that information was partially provided|
Check the page about each county for more detailed information about what information is available on the county website, along with recommendations users have made for positive changes.
This chart encompasses the 5 largest counties in South Dakota: Minnehaha County, Pennington County, Lincoln County, Brown County, and Brookings County. These counties averaged a "D" website transparency grade in 2012.
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Only 23 of the 66 counties in South Dakota actually have a website. The average website transparency grade in 2009 was an "F" for all of South Dakota counties. Some key things discovered when measuring their transparency against the county website 10-point checklist:
- Minnehaha County has the most transparent website of counties in South Dakota, scoring 6 out of a possible 10, with 3 partials. The one area where the county offered no information was in disclosing whether or not the county is a member of any lobbying organizations, and if so, if county funds go to pay the organization dues.
- Beadle County fared the worst against the 10 point checklist, failing to score full points in any category.
- 19 of the 23 counties with websites gave useful contact information for administrative staff, and 18 of the 23 gave the same for elected officials.
- Although three counties scored points for posting the county budget online, no counties made their checkbook register available for inspection.
Counties without websites
These are the 43 counties in South Dakota that do not have a website at all. Given that, they all automatically fail at providing information to their citizens or any other interested party.
No websites have been evaluated for South Dakota.