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Galveston County, Texas

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Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials
Permits, zoning P
Audits Y
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Contracts N
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Lobbying N
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Public records N
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Local taxes Y
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Transparency grading process

Galveston County, Texas is one of 254 counties in Texas.

Website evaluation

The good

  • The names and contact information for all county commissioners is available.[1]
  • County commissioner meeting agendas are published.[2]
  • Information on taxes is provided.[3]
  • Audit reports are published.[4]
  • The current budget is published.[5]
  • Administrative officials are listed under respective departments.[6]
  • Building permit fee and value information is published.[7][8]

The bad

  • County commissioner meeting minutes are not available.
  • There is no information on zoning, contracts, lobbying, and public records.

Conflict of interest

Judge Jim Yarbrough, who makes $131,000 annually, violated a state law which forbade him from accepting a job which does business with the county. It was revealed he also is a board member for the American National Insurance Company, where he made $197,000.[9]


In 2008, Galveston County reported $60,000 spent on lobbying.[10]

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