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Wyandotte County, Kansas

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Wyandotte County is one of 105 counties in Kansas. Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas have a unified government. Wyandotte County's population is 157,505.[1]

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Kansas county websites

This website was reviewed on Feb. 5, 2013.

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The good

  • Elected officials
    • County commissioners are listed with contact information.[2]
  • Administration
    • Contact information for administrative officials is posted.[3]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting agendas and minutes are posted.[4]
    • Agendas and minutes are archived to 2006.[5]
  • Budget
    • Current budgets are posted.[6]
    • Budgets are archived to 2003.[7]
  • Taxes
    • Local tax information is posted.[8]
    • Property taxes may be paid online.[9]
  • Contracts
    • Bid and contract information is posted.[10]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted.[11]
    • Audits are archived to 2001.
  • Public records
    • Information on and a form to submit public records requests are posted.[12]
    • A Freedom of Information Officer is listed with contact information.[13]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Building permits are posted,[14]
    • Zoning information is posted.[15]
  • The public relations department describes its duties as including legislative lobbying.[16]

The bad

  • Meetings
    • Links to archived agendas and minutes older than 2010 are dead.
  • Lobbying
    • The amount of money spent on lobbying is not posted.
    • Contracts with private lobbying firms are not posted.

Budget

2012 budget revenues[17]
Source Revenue % of Total
Property tax $76,404,818 29%
Sales tax $38,917,810 15%
Franchise tax $36,740,440 14%
Other taxes $24,704,464 9%
Charges for service $45,924,850 17%
Intergov't. revenues $11,336,256 4%
Interest income $1,858,100 1%
Fines/fees $10,062,450 4%
Fund balance $2,481,111 1%
Other $15,399,565 6%
Total $263,829,864 100%
2012 budget expenditures[17]
Area Expenditures % of Total
Public safety $122,881,760 46%
Public works $59,670,955 23%
Community services $52,038,373 20%
Administration $18,402,791 7%
Judicial services $7,391,591 3%
Other $3,444,394 1%
Total $263,829,864 100%

Retirement costs

As of 2010, the unified government had $180 million in unfunded liabilities for county employees' retirement benefits. The ratio of these liabilities to current payroll is 165.8%.[18]

Board of Public Utilities

As of 2010, Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS had $21 million in unfunded liabilities for the BPU pension plan and $42.1 in unfunded liabilities for the BPU other post-employment benefits.[18]

Taxes

The 2012 mill levy for Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS was 81.396, up from 74.711 in 2011.[17]

Economic development

In 2011, Kansas City, KS won its pitch to have Google select the city as the site of its new Fiber Project, whose goal is to develop super-fast internet access. Kansas City came out ahead of 1,100 other cities that applied, including Topeka, KS, which even went so far as to rename itself Google for a day in an effort to secure the Google project.[19]

External links

References

  1. U.S. Census Bureau "QuickFacts," Accessed November 20, 2011
  2. Board of Commissioners
  3. Administration
  4. Current Agendas and Minutes
  5. Meeting archives
  6. Budget
  7. Budget archives
  8. Taxes
  9. Treasury
  10. Purchasing
  11. Audits
  12. Public Relations Open Records Request
  13. Freedom of Information Officer
  14. Permits
  15. Zoning & Subdivision Regulations
  16. Public Relations
  17. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named budg
  18. 18.0 18.1 WYCOKCK "2010 CAFR," Accessed November 20, 2011
  19. CBS News "Google to boost Internet in Kansas City, Kan.," Accessed November 20, 2011
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