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Lawrence, Kansas

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Lawrence is a city in Douglas County, Kansas.

Website Evaluation

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Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Permits, zoning
Public Records
Local Taxes

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The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 12 years.[1]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[2]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[3]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 11 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 11 years.[4]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[5]
    • Meeting video or podcasts are available.[6]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 1999 are available.[7]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[8]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[9]
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the City Clerk. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[10]
    • A public records form is provided.
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[11]
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.[12]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[13]
  • Lobbying

The bad

External links


  1. City of Lawrence, Budgets, Accessed: Jan 22, 2013
  2. City of Lawrence, Staff Directory, Accessed: Jan 22, 2013
  3. City of Lawrence, Elected Officials, Accessed: Jan 22, 2013
  4. City of Lawrence, Current Meetings, Accessed: Jan 22, 2013
  5. City of Lawrence, Meeting Calendar, Accessed: Jan 22, 2013
  6. Meeting Minutes, Agendas, Videos, and Audio, Accessed: Jan 22, 2013
  7. City of Lawrence, Audits, Accessed: Jan 23, 2013
  8. City of Lawrence, Bids, Accessed: Jan 23, 2013
  9. City of Lawrence, Contracts, Accessed: Jan 23, 2013
  10. City of Lawrence, Public Records Request, Accessed: Jan 22, 2013
  11. City of Lawrence, Property Taxes, Accessed: Jan 23, 2013
  12. City of Lawrence, Pay Taxes Online, Accessed: Jan 23, 2013
  13. City of Lawrence, Planning and Development, Accessed: Jan 23, 2013
  14. Lobbying, Accessed: March 27, 2013