Baldwin County, Alabama

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Baldwin County is one of 67 counties in Alabama. Its county seat is Bay Minette.

Website evaluation

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

The good

  • The current budget is posted[1]. Some past budgets are also available[2].
  • Contact information for the County Commissioners is provided[3].
  • Commission meeting information is provided[4].
  • Some administrative contacts are posted.
  • Zoning information is posted[5].
  • Annual financial audits are posted[6].
  • Current and past bids are posted online[7], but no full contracts are available.
  • Tax information is provided[8].

The bad

Alabama Register Op-ed

Alabama Press Register wrote about how Alabama received some of the lowest transparency grades in the country, especially noting Baldwin County and Mobile County.[9]

Lobbying

Main article:Alabama government sector lobbying

The Baldwin County Commission has reported $290,000 spent lobbying since 2006 (see table).

Reported lobbying expenditures, 2006-2009[10]
Year Amount spent on lobbying
2009 $30,000
2008 $120,000
2007 $120,000
2006 $20,000

Baldwin County used funds for lobbying in 2004 that totaled less than $10,000.[11] In 2006, the District Attorney of Baldwin County spent $40,000 on lobbying.[12] Including those numbers, Baldwin County has reported more than $330,000 spent in the last three years on lobbying.

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