Martin County, Florida

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Martin County is one of 67 counties in Florida. Stuart is the county seat.

Martin County's estimated population as of 2009 was 139,794.[1]

Evaluation of website

Main article: Evaluation of Florida county websites
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The good

  • Budgets for the past 5 years are posted.[2]
  • Meeting minutes and agendas are available.[3]
  • County commissioners are listed with contact information.[4]
  • Building permits are available,[5] as well as zoning information.[6]
  • Contracts are available.[7]
  • Audits are available[8]
  • Local tax information is included.[9]

The bad

Public Records

In late 2008 reporters organized by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors requested the most recent budget emails from central Florida county officials in order to audit the responses.

In Martin County, the sheriff's office failed the audit because the records custodian refused to give access to correspondence that had accompanied the budget, saying that the budget had since been revised, and therefore the information in the correspondence was no longer valid. State law does not exempt out of date information. Sheriff Robert Crowder expressed dissatisfaction with the methods used during the audit, and insists "My people are well aware of the public records law."[11][12]

See also public record requests meet with confusion in central Florida.

Lobbying

Main article: Florida government sector lobbying

The Martin County Board of Commissioners has reported $670,000 spent on lobbying since 2004 (see table). Martin County has paid for the services of the lobbying firm Clark & Weinstock[13].

Reported lobbying expenditures, 2004-2010[14]
Year Amount spent on lobbying
align="center"| $80,000
2009 $80,000
2008 $110,000
2007 $120,000
2006 $120,000
2005 $120,000
2004 $80,000

Audits

For Martin County, the clerk or comptroller performs the internal audits.[15]

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