St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana
Saint Tammany Parish, Louisiana is one of 64 parishes in Louisiana. A parish, in Louisiana, is the equivalent of a county in other states. The parish seat is Covington. As of 2000, the population of the parish was 191,268. In 2008, the parish budget was $83.5 million.
- See also: Evaluation of Louisiana parish websites
- An inspection of the website finds that it includes a wealth of information on parish council members.
- Administrative officials and phone numbers are listed.
- Recent council meeting videos can be viewed in Windows Media format.
- Council agendas are available dating to 2004.
- Zoning information is available online, along with building permits.
- Budget is available online.
- Annual financial reports containing audits are posted online.
- Information on taxes and how they are used in the local budget are provided.
- Current bids are posted online, but not full disclosure of parish contracts.
- No information is provided about how parish residents can request access to public documents of the parish under Louisiana's sunshine laws.
- The parish does not disclose membership to government sector lobbying associations.
Property tax assessments
Tax assessor Patricia Schwarz Core said in early January 2009 that 15,000 residents had requested a formal review of their 2008 revaluations, compared with 500 in a typical revaluation.
Officials in St. Tammany complained in spring 2009 that they were being "inundated" with public records requests." Kelly Rabalais of the St. Tammany Parish Executive Council sent an April 17 letter to a local newspaper, CityBusiness, saying that records requested by the local newspaper are "burdensome and cannot be conducted during my normal working hours without disrupting my daily job duties, therefore I will have to conduct the review after hours." CityBusiness wanted information about council expenditures. Rabalais estimated that retrieving the records would cost $1,153.40. Later, the records were produced at an actual cost of $32.00.
St. Tammany spokesperson Suzanne Parsons-Stymiest complained that the CityBusiness request "came right after one of the TV stations came to us on a fishing expedition and requested every e-mail to and from the parish president for a year ... It took us over 100 hours just to figure out how many there were to tell them how much it would cost."
- Saint Tammany Parish website
- Public Schools
- Sheriff's Office
- Tax Assessor
- St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission
- St. Tammany Parish on ePodunk
- St. Tammany Parish on Wikipedia
- Parish council members
- Council Administration
- Council Meetings
- Council Agendas
- Parish Zoning
- Permits and Regulatory
- Purchasing Bids
- Wall Street Journal, "Calls Grow to Cap Property Taxes," January 5, 2009
- New Orleans City Business, "Public records requests flood local governments," May 11, 2009