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St. Lucie County, Florida

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St. Lucie County is one of 67 counties in Florida. Fort Pierce is the county seat.

Evaluation of website

Main article: Evaluation of Florida county websites

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The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for over 10 years.[1]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[2]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[3]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for over 10 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for over 10 years.[4]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[5]
    • Meeting videos are available.[6]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2003 are available.[7]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[8]
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the Public Information Officer. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[9]
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.
  • 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.[10]
  • Lobbying
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[12]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[13]


Public Records

In late 2008 reporters organized by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors requested the most recent budget emails from central Florida county officials in order to audit the responses.

St Lucie County failed the audit because an employee asked the requestor why they wanted the e-mails. The law does not require those requesting public documents to give a reason as to why they want them. County Sheriff Ken Mascara said that this was a mistake made by an overzealous employee.[14]

See also public record requests meet with confusion in central Florida.

Lobbying

Main article: Florida government sector lobbying

St. Lucie County has reported more than $367,100 spent on lobbying the federal government since 2000 (see table).

Reported lobbying expenditures, 2000-2009[15]
Year Amount spent on lobbying
2009 $30,000
2008 $80,000
2007 $20,000
2006 $40,000
2005 $40,000
2004 $37,100
2003 $40,000
2002 $40,000
2001 $40,000
2000 Less than $10,000

Audits

For St. Lucie County, the clerk or comptroller performs the internal audits.[16]

External links

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