Pennington County, South Dakota

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Pennington County is one of 66 counties in South Dakota. It is home to Harney Peak, the highest peak in North America east of the Rocky Mountains.

Website evaluation

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

The good

  • Budget
    • The budget for the current fiscal year is available, as is the budget for the past fiscal year.[1]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedules, agendas and minutes for the current and most recent calendar years are available for Board of Commissioners meetings. Additionally, video is available for the majority of these meetings.[2]
  • Elected officials
    • Commissioners are identified and an office phone number is listed. An e-mail submission form is available (including an option to direct messages to specific officials).[3]
  • Administrative officials
    • Office addresses and phone numbers and e-mail submission forms are available for each department.[4][5]
  • Building permits and zoning
    • Building and zoning permit applications and associated reports are available.[6][7]
  • Audits
    • Audit reports are available for the three most recent fiscal years.[8]
  • Contracts
    • A contract database is provided that includes vendor name, description of services rendered, amount paid, start date and expiration date. Each listing includes a link to a PDF of the contract itself.[9]
  • Public records
    • Citizens are directed to submit public records requests to the head of the appropriate department.[10]
  • Local taxes
    • Basic tax information is available and taxes may be paid online.[11]

The bad

  • Elected officials
    • Individual e-mail addresses and phone numbers are not posted.
  • Administrative officials
    • Individual e-mail addresses and phone numbers are not posted.
  • Lobbying
    • Lobbying information is not available.
  • Public records

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