St. James Parish, Louisiana

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Saint James 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 Convent. As of 2000, the population was 21,216.

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Louisiana parish websites
Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning N
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Audits Y
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Contracts N
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Lobbying N
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Public records N
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Local taxes N
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • An inspection of the website finds that it includes a complete list of council members, including e-mail addresses.[1]
  • The most recent meeting agenda is available, along with archived minutes and agendas dating to January 2001.[2][3]
  • The budget and audits are available online.[4]

The bad

  • While there is a form for a building permit, no information on building and zoning is available.
  • No information is available on local taxes, parish contracts or lobbying efforts.
  • No information is provided about how parish residents can request access to public documents of the parish under Louisiana's sunshine laws.

External links


  1. Parish council members
  2. Council Agenda
  3. Minutes of Meetings
  4. Department of Finance