Washington Parish, Louisiana

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Washington Parish is one of 64 parishes in Louisiana. A parish, in Louisiana, is the equivalent of a county in other states. The parish seat is Franklinton. In 2000, its population was 43,926.

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Louisiana parish websites
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Budget N
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning Y
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Audits N
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Contracts N
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Lobbying N
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Public records N
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Local taxes N
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Transparency grading process


The good

  • An inspection of the website finds that it includes a complete listing of council members, along with contact information.[1]
  • Meeting minutes for the current year are archived on the home page, while minutes and agendas from 2005 have their own page.[2][3] Other years do not appear to be online.
  • Administrative officials are listed.[4]
  • Permits are posted.[5]

The bad

  • The budget is listed as "coming soon."[6]
  • No information is provided about how parish residents can request access to public documents of the parish under Louisiana's sunshine laws.
  • Parish audits, contracts and tax information are not available online.

External links

References

  1. Parish council members
  2. Washington Parish Government
  3. Council Agendas
  4. Administration
  5. Permits (dead link)
  6. Finance