Winona County, Minnesota

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Transparency grading process


Winona County is one of 87 counties in Minnesota.

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Minnesota county websites


This website was reviewed on February 22, 2013.

The good

  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[1]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 11 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 9 years.
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[2]
  • Interactive GIS maps are available.[3]
  • Administrative officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[4]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • 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.[5]
  • Budget.
    • Budgets are archived for 6 years.[6]
  • Audits
    • Audits dating back to 2001 are available.[7]
  • The county's vendor payments over $2,000 are posted for 2010.[8]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[9]
  • 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]
  • A public records request form is available for one department.[11]
  • Lobbying
    • A lobbying expense form for one year (2011) is listed.[12]

The bad

  • Budgets
    • The most recent budget is not posted.
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is not posted.[13]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are not posted online.
    • Approved contract statements are not available for vendors above $10,000.
  • Public records
    • The public information officer is not identified. Sunshine Review requires a mailing address, phone number and personalized email be listed with this position.
    • There are forms or fee schedules for public records requests.
  • Lobbying
    • If the county is a member of government lobbying associations (such as the Minnesota Association of Counties) is not disclosed. Nor are the membership dues for associations available.

See also:

External links

References

  1. Winona County, "Commissioners," accessed Feb 22, 2013
  2. Winona County, "Agendas and Minutes," accessed Feb 22, 2013
  3. Winona County, "GIS Mapping," accessed December 21, 2011
  4. Winona County, "Departments," accessed Feb 22, 2013
  5. Winona County, "Taxes," accessed Feb 22, 2013
  6. Winona County, "Budgets," accessed Feb 22, 2013
  7. Winona County, "Audits," accessed Feb 22, 2013
  8. Winona County, "Vendor Register," accessed December 21, 2011
  9. Winona County, "Permits," accessed Feb 22, 2013
  10. Winona County, "Property Tax Forms," accessed December 21, 2011
  11. Winona County, "Request for Public Records Form," accessed December 21, 2011
  12. Winona County, "Lobbying," accessed Feb 22, 2013
  13. Winona County, "Audits," accessed Feb 22, 2013