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Hinds County, Mississippi

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Hinds County is one of 82 counties in Mississippi. It is part of the Jackson, Mississippi Metropolitan Area. As of 2010, the population was 245,285. Its county seats are Jackson and Raymond. Hinds County is named for General Thomas Hinds, hero of Battle of New Orleans.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Mississippi county websites

Last rated on August 27, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Budgets are posted.[1]
  • Meetings
    • Meetings dates, agendas, and minutes are provided.[2][3][4]
  • Elected Officials
    • County supervisors are listed with contact information.[5]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Administrative officials are listed under respective departments.
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Building permits and zoning information are available.[6]
  • Contracts
    • Bids are posted.[7]
  • Public Records
    • Public records request form is available.[8]
  • Local Taxes
    • Current and awarded bids posted, but current contracts not online.[9]
  • Tax rolls are available in a searchable database.[10] Property taxes can be paid online.[11] Tax estimate calculator provided.[12]

The bad

  • Audits
    • Audits are not available.
  • Contracts
    • Vendor contracts are not posted.
  • Lobbying
  • Local Taxes
    • Does not post relevant tax information for residents, such as millage rates, sales tax, and other taxes that may be imposed by the county.

County Supervisors

Current Supervisors can be found on the county website here. No information is posted on current Supervisor terms of office, salary, or current or past programs.

County Administrator

The County Administrator is appointed by the Board of Supervisors and is tasked with implementing board policies and running the day-to-day business of the county. The current County Administrator is Carmen Y. Davis.[13]

There is no information on administrator salary, current programs, or detailed information on the administrator's role in government.

Budget

The county website posts budgets since 2009.[14]

Recently, a decision was made by the Hinds County Board of Supervisors to require Hinds county public employees to take off one day each month without pay. This move has been projected to save the county $107,000 each month, which officials say will go to rising fuel costs and health expenses for inmates. Since January 2011, property taxes and car tag fees have brought in $33 million, all of which have been allocated for the county’s $55 million budget which started October 1.[15]

Taxes

Tax rolls are available in a searchable database.[16] Property taxes can be paid online.[17] Tax estimate calculator provided.[18]

However, this information is not particularly useful to the average citizen who wants information on taxes imposed by the county.

Lobbying

The county website does not disclose if belongs to government sector lobbying associations or if it hires individual lobbyists.

Public Records

The website does provide information on how to make a public records request here.

External links

References

  1. Budgets
  2. Meeting Dates
  3. Minutes
  4. Agendas
  5. Supervisors
  6. Building Permits and Zoning
  7. Bids
  8. Public Records
  9. Bids
  10. Tax Rolls
  11. Pay Taxes Online
  12. Tax Calculator
  13. County Administrator
  14. Budgets
  15. 'Rising Costs And Hinds County Budget', WJTV.com, accessed April 28, 2011
  16. Tax Rolls
  17. Pay Taxes Online
  18. Tax Calculator