Orange County, Florida

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Orange County is one of 67 counties in Florida. Orlando is the county seat.

Orange County's population as of 2010 was 1,145,956.[1] It is one of 20 charter counties in the state. It became a charter county in 1987.[2]

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The good

  • The budget is available, along with budget for prior years.[3]
  • Board agendas[4] and meeting minutes are available.[5] Meetings can be viewed live online.
  • County Commissioners are listed with contact information.[5]
  • Building permits are available,[6] including a search function for past issued permits.[7] Zoning information is available.[8]
  • Contracts are available online, along with bidding and other information.[9]
  • Local tax information is available.[10]

The bad

Elected Officials

Orange County is divided into six single-member districts represented by commissioners. The commissioners' annual salaries are $92,097.[12] Current members of the Board of County Commissioners, as of June 2011:[13]

Member Title District
Teresa Jacobs Mayor None
S. Scott Boyd Commissioner District 1
Fred Brummer Commissioner District 2
Lui Damiani Commissioner District 3
Jennifer Thompson Commissioner District 4
Ted Edwards Commissioner District 5
Tiffany Moore Russell Commissioner District 6

Board meetings are held every Tuesday at 9 a.m. and broadcast live on OrangeTV. Meetings are replayed every Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 7 a.m.[14]

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.

All record requests in Orange County were met, with the exception of the Sheriff's Office. The requesting party was referred to the public-information office, who said the records might not exist, and that they would have to file a written request.

Capt. Angelo Nieves responded by saying the request was vague and that "We did as much as we could based on the circumstances. Obviously, there was an ongoing effort in trying to fulfill the request."

While requests from the Orange County Public Schools office and county administrator's office were fulfilled, confusion still occurred. In both cases officials said that if the requesting party had spoken with the correct person in the correct department, that the records could have been easily provided.[15]

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


Main article: Florida government sector lobbying

Orange County has reported $1,070,000 spent on lobbying the federal government between 2000-2008 (see table). Orange County pays for services of the lobbying firm Alcade & Fay.[16]

Reported lobbying expenditures, 2000-2010[17]
Year Amount spent on lobbying
2010 $120,000
2009 $120,000
2008 $120,000
2007 $120,000
2006 $120,000
2005 $120,000
2004 $100,000
2003 $140,000
2002 $120,000
2001 $142,500
2000 $177,500


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

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