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Washington County, Ohio

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Transparency grading process
Washington County, Ohio is one of eighty-eight counties in Ohio.

Website evaluation

This website was most recently evaluated September 13, 2013.

The good

  • Elected Officials
    • Contact information for county commissioners is available.[1]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting calendar and current agendas are posted.[2]
    • Meeting minutes are posted and archived for two years.
  • Administration
    • Contact information for administrative officials is available under each department link.[3]
  • Zoning
    • Applications for building permits are available online[4]
  • Audits
    • Most recent audit is posted.[5]
    • Audits are archived to 2008.
  • Taxes
    • Local tax information, including tax rates, is posted.[6]
    • Real estate tax information is posted.[7]
  • Contracts
    • Open bids are posted.[8]
    • Under "related documents," users can find details about who was awarded the bid and for what amount.
  • Permits and Zoning
    • Building permits are posted.[9]
  • Lobbying
    • Along with a disclosure of lobbying, there is also a disclosure of dues paid.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

The bad

  • Budget
    • Annual appropriations are listed, but there is no listing of revenue projections, year-over-year data, or executive budget message, which is expected in a complete budget document.[10]
    • The site suggests that users look for further documentation on the County Auditor's site. This site contains expense and revenue reports, updated monthly, but still does not contain projections, year-over-year data, or a budget message.[11]

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