Franklin County, Washington

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Transparency Grade
Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Permits, zoning
Contracts N
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Lobbying N
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Public records
Local taxes
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Franklin County is one of 39 counties in Washington.

Website evaluation

Last rated February 6, 2012.

The good

  • Commissioners are listed with contact information. Meeting agendas and minutes are posted.[1]
  • Local tax information provided.[2][3]
  • Building permits[4] and zoning information available.[5]
  • Administrative officials listed under respective departments.
  • Public records information and request form posted.[6]
  • Budgets and audits are posted.[7]

The bad

Public records

The Franklin County Commission is putting on hold considerations of changing the county's current public records policy. Former Mesa Mayor Donna Zink pointed out several possible legal problems with the proposal, including limiting inspection of records to two hours a day or four hours a week, and the lack of an "obligation to search backup tapes or other similar media for backup copies of requested records." She pointed out that backup copies of public records are also subject to disclosure per the law. The commission plans to revisit the issue at the 10:30 a.m. Feb. 4 public hearing.[8]

A finalized public records policy was voted in 2-0 on February 18, 2009. The new policy establishes a county-wide tracking system for open records requests, sets a copying fee of $0.15 per page (waived for requests of fewer than 34 pages), implements a uniform request form, and requires that public records officers be appointed in each department.[9]

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