Montgomery County, Alabama

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Montgomery County is a county in Alabama. Its county seat is Montgomery.

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Budget Y
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Meetings P
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials P
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Permits, zoning P
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Audits N
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Contracts P
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Lobbying N
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Public records P
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Local taxes Y
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Transparency grading process

Last rated on September 14, 2012.

The good

  • Elected officials
    • Contact information for the County Commissioners is provided[1].
  • Administrative officials
    • Contact information for all of the Administrative Departments is posted.[2].
  • Meetings
    • Agendas are posted.[3]
    • Meeting schedules are posted.[4]
  • Permits, zoning
    • Building permit information, including fees, is posted.[5]
  • Public records
    • Public records fees are posted.[6]
  • Budget
    • The 2011-2012 budget is posted.[7]
  • Contracts
    • Contract bids are posted online.[8]
  • Local taxes
    • Tax information is posted.[9]

The bad

  • Administrative officials
    • Individual employee contact details are not posted.
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are not posted.
  • Permits, zoning
    • Zoning regulations are not posted.
  • Budget
    • Archived budgets are not available.
  • Audits
    • Current audits are not available.
    • Archived audits are not posted.
  • Contracts
    • Awarded contracts are not posted.
  • Public records
    • A public records contact is not posted.
    • The public records policy is not posted.

Budget

In 2011, the county will have a budget of $95,658,155[10]. By law, expenditures cannot exceed anticipated revenue[1]. The biggest expenditures in the budget are "General Governance" (35.7%), "Public Safety" (34.4%), and "Highways and Roads" (11.8%). While the budget lists "Education" expenditures as 3.2% of the total and $3,062,577, the Montgomery Public Schools 2010-2011 budget lists a much bigger figure for County contributions of $34,165,000 with the majority of it funded by the County's one-cent sales tax[11]. No stimulus programs have been assigned directly to the county.

Public officials

Elected officials

Montgomery County is governed by a Commission consisting of five elected members. Each member is elected by district to serve a four-year term. A majority of the Commission votes to select the Chairperson and the Vice Chair[1].

Member Title District
Ham Wilson Jr. Commissioner District 1
Elton N. Dean, Sr. Chairman District 2
Dimitri Polizos Commissioner District 3
Jiles Williams, Jr. Commissioner District 4
Reed Ingram Vice Chairman District 5

Administrative officials

The Administrator is appointed by the County Commission and is responsible for implementing policy enacted by the Commissioners for the general operation of county government[1].

Member Title
Donald L. Mims Administrator
John A. Mitchell, Sr. Deputy Administrator
DiDi Henry Director of Public Affairs-Media Relations
Sherrill Thomas Finance Director
Scott Kramer Risk Manager

Salaries

See also: Alabama public employee salaries


Pensions

See also: Alabama public pensions


Lobbying

See also: Alabama government sector lobbying


Transparency & public records

Taxes

In 2011, the county will have expected revenues of $95,658,155[10]. By law, expenditures cannot exceed anticipated revenue[1]. The biggest sources of revenue are "County Sales Tax" of (39.6%), "Ad Valorem Tax" (21.1%), and "Charges for Services" (15.5%). The County sets aside one-cent of its sales tax exclusively for the Montgomery Public School system[9] and is currently considering requests for additional funds as a result of the school system's multi-million dollar budget deficit[12].

Emergency Services

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office serves as law enforcement for the county[13]. The website lists a line item budget, but it has not been updated since 2008[14].

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