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Lincoln County, North Carolina

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Lincoln County is one of 100 counties in North Carolina.

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The good

  • Meeting information and minutes available.[1]
  • County commissioners listed with contact information.[2]
  • Building permits[3] and zoning information available.[4]
  • Local tax information available.[5]
  • Budget[6] and financial audits available.[7]
  • Bids are available, contracts are not online.[8]
  • Administrative officials are listed with contact information under respective departments.[9]

The bad

Public Records

Joann Hager of Tri-County Animal Rescue in Lincoln County filed requests for documents under the North Carolina Public Records Law, but was refused by the city board of commissioners. After a legal battle lasting over a year, Hager finally received the documents she had asked for. “I feel vindicated. It took over 18 months to receive copies of documents. I feel it will be a victory for the residents of Lincoln County if processes are changed and new procedures are developed to store/maintain public records. Public documents were destroyed and the board of commissioners admitted to this,” she said.[10] "Despite her victory, the outcome is not a total win-win, Hager said. 'That's my tax dollars being spent too. It was worth it if they change their procedures and public policies.'"[11]

Sheriff's office

In an effort to not create public records of suspensions, demotions and dismissals public, the new Lincoln Sheriff David Carpenter has said he's going to continue the department's tradition of verbal firings. The office has not recorded a dismissal since 2005.[12]

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