Washington County, Utah

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Transparency Grade
Budget P
Meetings P
Elected Officials P
Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning
Contracts N
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Lobbying N
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Public records P
Local taxes Y
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Transparency grading process

Washington County is one of 29 counties in Utah. In 2007 the population was estimated to be 140,906. Its county seat is St. George.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Utah county websites

Last rated on November 13, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.[1]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 2 years.[2]
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a personalized email address.[3]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[4]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[5]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2007 are available.[6]
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by Public Information Officer position. This person provides a phone number and personalized email.[7]
  • Local Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[8]
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.[9]

The bad

  • Budget
    • Budgets are not archived for the past three years.
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are not archived for 3-5 years.
    • A meeting calendar is not provided that notes the times and locations of public meetings.
  • Elected Officials
    • Individualized phone numbers are not available.
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are not posted online.
    • Approved contract statements are not available for vendors above $10,000.
  • Lobbying
    • If the county engaged in lobbying actives or if it's a member of government lobbying associations are not disclosed. Nor is the total cost lobbying activities or membership dues for associations available.
  • Public Records
    • No mailing address provided for the public information officer.
    • A public records form is not provided.
    • A fee schedule for documents is not provided.

External links


  1. Washington County, Utah, 2012 Budget, Accessed: November 13, 2012
  2. Washington County, Utah, Agendas, Accessed: November 13, 2012
  3. Washington County, Utah, Elected Officials, Accessed: November 13, 2012
  4. Washington County, Utah, Planning, Accessed: November 13, 2012
  5. Washington County, Utah, Building Department, Accessed: November 13, 2012
  6. Washington County, Utah, Audits, Accessed: November 13, 2012
  7. Washington County, Utah, Public Information Officer, Accessed: November 13, 2012
  8. Washington County, Utah, Property Taxes, Accessed: November 13, 2012
  9. Washington County, Utah, Online Tax Payment, Accessed: November 13, 2012