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Evansville, Indiana

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Transparency grading process
Evansville is one of the five largest cities in Indiana. It is the county seat of Vanderburgh County, Indiana. According to the 2010 Census, its population is 117,429.[1]

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Indiana city websites


This website was reviewed on November 9, 2011.

The good

  • City council members are listed with party affiliations and contact information.[2]
  • Meeting minutes are posted, along with minute archives, agenda and schedules.[3]
  • There is a page for bid opportunities.[4]
  • The current and prior budgets are posted.[5]
  • The city posts a GIS interactive map, which lists property tax rates for every property.[6]
  • Taxes can be paid online.[7]
  • Zoning information is posted.[8]
  • Building permit information is available.[9]
  • Contact information is posted for all departments and officials.[10]

The bad

  • Audits are not posted.
  • No information on government sector lobbying is posted.
  • No information on public records requests is available.
  • The budget does not include revenues or summaries.

Elected officials

City council

2011 City Council[2]
Name Ward Party
Dan McGinn 1 Republican
Missy Mosby 2 Democrat
Wendy Bredhold 3 Democrat
Constance Robinson (Vice President) 4 Democrat
John Friend 5 Democrat
B.J. Watts (President) 6 Democrat
Curt John At-Large Democrat
Dr. H. Dan Adams At-Large Democrat
Donald Walker At-Large Democrat

Mayor

On November 8, 2011, voters elected Republican Lloyd Winnecke to succeed Democratic mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel, who had held the office since 2003 and did not seek re-election in 2011. Winnecke defeated Democrat Rick Davis.[11]

Budget

The total 2012 proposed budget is for $236,639,845,[12] up from $227,228,561 in 2011.[13]

Emergency officials

Pensions

The 2012 proposed budget calls for $5,844,482 for fire pensions and $7,247,321 for police pensions.[12]

Indiana Transparency Portal

The Indiana State Auditor has launched an Indiana Transparency Portal (ITP), containing budget and financial information for local governments. The interactive report-builder page offers a range of information. Users can find financial data for a county, municipality or other unit of government.[14]

Accuracy

According to the ITP, Evansville's 2012 expenditures are budgeted at $124,830,374 and its revenues at $131,535,800.[14] These numbers are slightly different from the numbers in the proposed 2012 budget available on Evansville's website, which puts the total budget at $236,639,845.[12]

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