Franklin County, Washington
Last rated February 6, 2012.
- Commissioners are listed with contact information. Meeting agendas and minutes are posted.
- Local tax information provided.
- Building permits and zoning information available.
- Administrative officials listed under respective departments.
- Public records information and request form posted.
- Budgets and audits are posted.
- Contracts are not online.
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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.
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.
- Zoning Ordinance
- Public Records
- Franklin commission halts action on records request policies, Tricity Herald, January 8, 2009
- Commission OKs new policy for handling public records , Tri City Herald, February 19, 2009