Wake County, North Carolina

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Wake County is one of 100 counties in North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 900,993, making it North Carolina's second most populated county. Its county seat is Raleigh, which is also the state capital.

Wake County is part of the Research Triangle metropolitan region, which encompasses the cities of Raleigh and Durham, the towns of Cary and Chapel Hill, and their surrounding suburban areas. The regional name originated after the 1959 creation of the Research Triangle Park, located midway between Raleigh and Durham. The Research Triangle region encompasses the U.S. Census Bureau's Combined Statistical Area (CSA) of Raleigh-Durham-Cary. The estimated population of the Raleigh-Durham-Cary CSA was 1,749,525 at the 2010 census, with the Raleigh-Cary Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) portion at 1,130,490 residents as of April 1, 2010.

Wake County is the 9th fastest growing county in the United States, with the town of Cary and the city of Raleigh being the 8th and 15th fastest growing cities, respectively.[1]

Website evaluation

This website was most recently reviewed Feb. 1, 2013.

The good

  • Budget
    • The current budget is published[2]
    • Budgets are archived to 2003.[3]
  • Meetings
    • Meting schedule is maintained.[4]
    • Agendas and minutes are posted and archived to 2007.[5]
  • Elected Officials
    • Names of elected officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[6]
  • Administration
    • Names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[7]
  • Zoning
    • Permit applications are available for download.[8]
    • Zoning ordinances are posted.[9]
  • Audits
    • The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years[10]
    • Audits are archived to 2002.
  • Contracts
    • Bids are posted, including approved contracts over $10,000[11]
  • Public Records
    • A public records contact is available and public records policies are available in a central location[12]
  • Taxes
    • Local tax information published, including a chart on how tax dollars are used.[13]
  • The search function is excellent and the website layout intuitive.

The bad


Administrative Officials

Name Title
Scott Warren County Attorney
Susan Banks Board Clerk
Joseph Durham Deputy County Manager
Johnna Rogers Deputy County Manager
David Cooke County Manager
Susan McCullen Financial Services Director
Frank Cope Director Community Services
Raymond Echevarria Director County Fire/Rescue
Dave Goodwin Director General Services
Elaine Johnson Director Human Resources
Bill Greeves Chief Information Officer
Marshall Parrish Director Public Affairs
Marcus Kinrade Director Revenue
Donald Harrison Director Sheriff’s Office
Pat Sturdivant Workforce Development Director

Budget

The recommended budget in FY 2011-12 totals $951.5 million, nearly the same as FY 2010-11 ($951.5 million). The budget maintains the same existing property tax rate at 53.4 cents.[14]

Stimulus

The city of Raleigh, Wake County seat, received $2,998,752,005.18 in federal stimulus money in 272 grants and contracts.[15]

Local taxes

Property taxes accounted for the largest portion of revenue ($638,646,000), followed by sales taxes ($111,580,804), and other taxes ($8,530,421).

The property tax base is projected to grow by one percent, from $119.1 billion to $120.3 billion. Both real property, such as land as houses, and some personal property, are subject to property taxes.[16]

Salaries

See also: North Carolina state government salary


Pensions

See also: North Carolina public pensions


Emergency personnel

Lobbying

See also: North Carolina government sector lobbying


External links

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