Fresno County, California

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Transparency Grade
Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials N
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Permits, zoning Y
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Audits Y
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Contracts Y
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Lobbying N
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Public records N
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Local taxes Y
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Fresno County is one of 58 counties in California. Fresno is its county seat.

County website

Main article: Evaluation of California county websites

The good

  • The names and contact information of all board of supervisor members is published.[1]
  • Board meeting agendas and minutes are published.[2]
  • Information on building permits and zoning is published.[3]
  • Information on contracts is published.[4]
  • The current budget is published.[5]

Information on audits and taxes is published.[6]

The bad

  • ,There is no information on administrative officials or lobbying.


Main article: California government sector lobbying

In 2008, Fresno County reported $103,442 spent on lobbying the federal government.[7] Fresno County pays for services of the lobbying firm Alcade & Fay.[8]

For 2007 and 2008, Fresno County spent $335,848 on lobbying the California legislature.[9]

Public Pensions

To close the pension gap the county's latest pension plan, which began Jan. 1, has incoming employees retiring with nearly half the monthly pension that employees hired just a few years ago will get, a difference that can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars over a lifetime. Additionally, most new employees will have to work more years before they're eligible for retirement pay. The county is saddled with a $220 million pension bill. The tab eats up more than 10% of the county budget and is almost twice what it was five years ago. The increase is due to commitments supervisors made without the money to fund them.[10]

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