Brevard County, Florida

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Brevard County is one of 67 counties in Florida. Titusville is the county seat.

Brevard's population as of 2009 was 536,357.[1] It is one of 20 charter counties in the state. It became a charter county in 1994.[2]

Evaluation of website

In 2011, the Brevard County earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score.

Main article: Evaluation of Florida county websites
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Transparency grading process


This website was reviewed on Feb. 26, 2013.

The good

  • Elected Officials
    • County commissioners are listed with contact information.[3]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting agendas, minutes, and video are posted.[4]
    • Meeting minutes and agendas are archived for more than three years.
  • Administration
    • A county directory is posted with contact information for department officials.[5]
  • Budget
    • Current budget is posted.[6]
    • Budgets are archived to 2003.[7]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted.[8]
    • Audits are archived to 1999.
  • Taxes
    • Local tax information is available, and taxes are payable online.[9]
  • Public Records
  • Contracts
    • Current bid opportunities are posted.[11]
  • Permits and Zoning
    • Building permits are available,[12]
    • Zoning information is posted.[13]


The bad


Administration

The County Manager is the head of the executive branch of County Government, and is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners for the proper administration of all affairs of County Government not otherwise entrusted to an elected County officer. The Manager attends all regular and special meetings of the Board of County Commissioners and has the right to participate in its discussions.[14]

Budget

Expenditure Summary of All Funds:[15]

Fund Final
Budget
FY 2008-2009
Final
Budget
FY 2009-2010
Adopted
Budget
FY 2010-2011
Percent
Increase
(Decrease)
General Fund $293,239,316 $263,164,057 $246,360,795 (6.39%)
Special Revenue Funds $452,608,225 $450,798,080 $371,718,235 (17.54%)
Debt Service Funds $46,189,280 $43,343,702 $32,104,064 (25.93%)
Capital Projects Funds $104,948,621 $81,958,864 $62,614,032 (23.60%)
Enterprise Funds $194,673,230 $205,999,968 $196,814,158 (4.46%)
Internal Service Funds $113,591,161 $109,243,715 $108,627,704 (0.56%)
TOTALS - ALL FUNDS $1,205,249,833 $1,154,508,386 $1,018,238,988 (11.80%)

Lobbying

Main article:Florida government sector lobbying

Brevard County has reported $310,000 spent on lobbying since 2003 (see table).

Reported lobbying expenditures, 2003-2010[16]
Year Amount spent on lobbying
2010 $40,000
2009 $40,000
2008 $50,000
2007 $40,000
2006 $40,000
2005 $40,000
2004 $40,000
2003 $20,000

The county has 7 lobbyists as of May 2009 that lobby for it before the legislature.[17] The compensation for these lobbyists is $15,000.[18]It also has 5 lobbyists as of May 2009 to lobby before the executive branch.[19] The compensation range for these lobbyists is $1 to $9,999.[20]

Brevard County gets representation from Southern Strategy Group[21][22] and from Pauley Management[23][24]

The Brevard County Commissioners have spent $300,000 lobbying since 2008, and have been represented by Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates.[25]

Reported lobbying expenditures, 2003-2009[26]
Year Amount spent on lobbying
2009 $100,000
2008 $200,000

Audits

The Board of County Commissioners outsources financial and performance audits to two private CPA firms. An audit committee made up of citizen reviews the reports.[27]

See also

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