Hamilton County, Indiana

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

Hamilton County is one of 92 counties in Indiana. According to the 2010 census, its population was 274,569.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Indiana county websites

This website was reviewed on 12 December 2012.

The good

  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedule is posted[2]
    • Meeting agendas and minutes are posted and archived for three years[3]
    • Meeting agendas and minutes are posted and archived for three years for the commissioners[4]
  • Elected officials
    • Elected officials are listed with names and email addresses. Office address is listed[5]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Names, email addresses, and phone numbers are available for some administrative officials[6]
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Zoning information is available[7]
    • There is a page for building permits, but the document listed on it is only for septic systems[8]
  • Audits
    • Audits are published and archived for three years[9]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are available[10]
  • Public Records
    • Some contact information on the records keeper is available.[11]
    • Local Taxes
    • Tax rates and revenues are available[12]

The bad

  • Budgets
    • Budgets are not posted or archived for three years
  • Elected officials
    • Only a general number is listed for elected officials.
  • Contracts
    • Contracts over $10,000 do not appear to be posted
  • Lobbying
    • Does not disclose membership in government sector lobbying organizations
    • Does not disclose money spent on lobbying efforts.
  • Public Records
    • Records policy is not posted
    • Full contact information for the clerk is not available
  • Planning
    • Not all building permits are downloadable on the site.

Elected officials

County council

2011 County Council
Name District
Paul Ayers 4th
Brad Beaver At-large
Jim Belden At-large
Meredith Carter 1st
Amy Massillamany 2nd
Rick McKinney At-large
Steve Schwartz 3rd

County board of commissioners

The three commissioners are elected each four years on a staggered basis. Districts must be redrawn each 10 years. 2011 commissioners are Christine Altman, Steven C. Dillinger, and Steven A. Holt.


Retirement benefits costs

The county's other post-employment benefits (OPEBs) are 0% funded. The unfunded actuarial accrued liability for the OPEBs is $19,327,896, or 52% of payroll.[13]

The Public Employees Retirement Fund (PERF) is 65% funded and has unfunded liabilities of 12,001,149.[13]


The base county property tax rate is 0.27690.


Hamilton County received $214,753 in CDBG funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Other ARRA funds to the county total approximately $6.5 million.[14]

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.>Indiana Gateway for Government Unites, "Report Builder," accessed November 28, 2011</ref>


The ITP currently has data only for 2012. Because Hamilton County has not posted its 2012 budget online, it is not possible to compare the two. According to the ITP, Hamilton's 2012 budgeted expenditures are $113,767,540 and its revenues are $103,265,877.

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