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St. Joseph County, Indiana

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St. Joseph County is one of 92 counties in Indiana. According to the 2010 census, its population is 266,931. South Bend is the county seat.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Indiana county websites

This website was reviewed on November 10, 2011.

The good

  • Council members are listed with contact information.[2]
  • Meeting minute and schedules are posted.[3]
  • County commissioners are listed, but individual contact information is not provided.[4]
  • A department directory with contact information is posted.[5]
  • Generic information on bids is posted.[6]
  • Tax rates are posted and taxes may be paid online.[7]
  • Building permits and zoning information are hyperlinked, linking to the South Bend government website.[8]
  • The current budget is posted, but does not include a summary or revenues. Archives are not posted.[9]

The bad

  • There is no search function on the site.
  • Contact information for individual commissioners is not posted.
  • Specific information on bids and granted contracts is not posted.
  • Budget summaries, revenues, and archives are not posted.
  • Audits are not posted.
  • No information on Taxpayer-funded lobbying is posted.
  • Information on how to make a public records request is not provided on the site.

Elected officials

County council

2011 County Council[2]
Name District Position
Michael J. Hamman A Member
Corey D. Noland B Member
Dale R. DeVon C Member
Rafael Morton D President
Michael J. Kruk E Vice President Pro Tempore
Daniel G. Herbster F Member
Mark A. Catanzarite G President Pro Tempore
Robert J. McCahill H Member
Mark Root I Member

County commissioners

The Board of Commissioners are the executive authority in St. Joseph County. Commissioners are elected for four-year terms. District lines are redrawn every 10 years.[4]

2011 Board of Commissioners[4]
Name District Position
Bob Kovach 3rd President
Dave Thomas 2nd Vice President
Andrew Kostielney 1st Member

Budget

Taxes

In 2010, St. Joseph county total tax rates were 0.5866 per $100 of assessed value.[10]

Indiana Transparency Portal

The Indiana State Auditor has launched an Indiana Transparency Portal (ITP), containing budget and financial information for local governments. The interactive report-builder page offers a range of information. Users can find financial data for a county, municipality or other unit of government.[11]

Accuracy

Because St. Joseph County does not post a complete budget, it is not possible to compare the two. According to the ITP, St. Joseph's 2012 budgeted expenditures are $90,914,462 and its revenues are $81,175,022.[11]

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