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St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana

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Saint John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana is one of sixty-four parishes in Louisiana. A parish, in Louisiana, is the equivalent of a county in other states. The parish seat is Edgard, an unincorporated area. In 2000, its population was 43,044.

Website evaluation

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


The good

  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for four years.
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
    • Meeting video or podcasts are available.[1]
  • Elected officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized e-mail.[2]
  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.[3]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating to 2007 are available.[4]
  • Administrative officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[5]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided, including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized e-mail.
  • Public records
    • The public information officer is identified. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized e-mail (contact info is provided on public records form).
    • A public records form is provided by the Custodian of Records.
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.[6] The form may be emailed, faxed or hand delivered.
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[7]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[8]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.[9][10]

The bad

  • Meetings
    • Meeting agendas are not posted.
  • Lobbying
    • No information on parish lobbying is available.
  • Budget
    • Budgets are not archived for three years.

External links

References

  1. St John's Parish, Council Minutes, Accessed: Dec 11, 2012
  2. St John's Parish, Council, Accessed: Dec 11, 2012
  3. St John's Parish, Budget, Accessed: Dec 13, 2012
  4. St John's Parish, Audits, Accessed: Dec 13, 2013
  5. St John's Parish, Administration, Accessed: Dec 13, 2013
  6. St John's Parish, Public Records, Accessed: Dec 13, 2012
  7. St John's Parish, Permits, Accessed: Dec 13, 2012
  8. St John's Parish, Contracts, Accessed: Dec 13, 2012
  9. St John's Parish, Taxes, Accessed: Dec 13, 2012
  10. St John's Parish, Tax Payments, Accessed: Dec 13, 2012