Monroe County, Florida

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Monroe County is one of 67 counties in Florida. Key West is the county seat.

Monroe County's estimated population in 2009 was 73,165. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's estimates, Monroe County experienced a negative rate of population growth, at -8.1%, since the 2000 Census. Florida, by contrast, experienced population growth at an estimated rate of 16% during the same time period.[1]

Evaluation of website

Main article: Evaluation of Florida county websites

The good

  • The current budget is available, as well as previous budgets, contact information for the budget office, grant management information, and purchasing information.[2]
  • Board meeting schedule[3], agendas, and minutes are all available.
  • County commissioners are listed with contact information.[4]
  • Building permits are online[5], zoning information can be found in the municipal code.[6]
  • Audits are posted.[7]
  • Local tax information is available.[8]
  • Information on how to make a public records request is posted.[9]

The bad

Lobbying

Main article: Florida government sector lobbying

Monroe County has reported federal lobbying expenditures since 2000. Most of these do not exceed $10,000 (see table). Monroe County has paid for lobbying services from Cardenas Partners[11] and Tew Cardenas LLP[12]

Reported lobbying expenditures, 2000-2010[13]
Year Amount spent on lobbying
2010 $80,000
2009 $70,000
2008 Less than $10,000
2007 Less than $10,000
2006 Less than $10,000
2005 Less than $10,000
2004 Less than $10,000
2003 Less than $10,000
2002 Less than $10,000
2001 Less than $10,000
2000 Less than $10,000

Audits

For Monroe County, the clerk or comptroller performs the internal audits.[14]

External links

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