Marion County, Florida

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Marion County is one of 67 counties in Florida. Ocala is the county seat. As of 2000, the population was 258,916. The U.S. Census Bureau 2009 estimate for the county is 328,547.

Marion County was created in 1844 from portions of Alachua, Mosquito (Orange), and Hillsborough counties. Until 1853, Marion County included most of what are now Lake and Sumter counties. The county is named after General Francis Marion of South Carolina.

The early settlers of Marion County came primarily from South Carolina. The county motto is "Kingdom of the Sun."

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The good

  • Budget
    • Budgets are posted.[1]
    • Checkbook registers are posted.[2]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Administrative officials are listed with some contact information on department pages.
  • Elected Officials
    • County commissioners are listed with contact information.[3]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes and agendas are posted.[4]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted.[5]
  • Contracts
    • Union contracts are provided.[6]
    • Bids and contracts are posted.[7][8]
  • Public Records
  • Taxes
    • Tax rates are posted in the budget.[10]
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Building permits are posted.[11]
    • Zoning information is posted.[12][13]
  • Lobbying
    • Legislative priorities and lobbying contracts are posted.[14][15]

The bad

  • Administrative Officials
    • Personalized email addresses are not provided.
  • Public records
    • The public information officer is not identified. Sunshine Review requires a mailing address, phone number and personalized email be listed with this position.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials did not provide personalized emails.

Lobbying

Main article: Florida government sector lobbying

Marion County has reported $300,000 spent on lobbying the federal government since 2006 (see table). Marion County pays for services of the lobbying firm Alcade & Fay.[16]

Reported lobbying expenditures, 2006-2010[17]
Year Amount spent on lobbying
2010 $80,000
2009 $80,000
2008 $80,000
2007 $80,000
2006 $60,000

Audits

For Marion County, the clerk or comptroller performs the internal audits.[18]

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