Canyon County, Idaho

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Canyon County is one of 44 counties in Idaho.

  • County Seat: Caldwell
  • Year Organized: 1892
  • Square Miles: 590

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Idaho county websites

This website was most recently evaluated on an unknown date.

The good

  • Budget
    • The current budget is published.[1]
    • Archived budgets dating back to 2008 can be found.[2]
  • Meetings
    • There is a meeting calendar posted, as well as a page for meeting agendas, but there is no content on the pages or in the calendar.[3]
    • Meeting minutes are available dating back to 1997.[4]
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with names and email addresses on their individual biographical pages[5]
  • Administrative officials
    • Complete contact information, including emails, phone numbers and a mailing address can be found for all county officials.[6]
  • Building Permits and Zoning
  • Building permits[7] and zoning information[8] is available.
  • Public Records
    • Form to make a public records request is provided.[9]
    • A fee schedule for requesting documents is available.[10]
  • Taxes
    • Tax levy rates and other local property tax information is provided.[11]
  • Audits
    • Audits dating back to 2008 are available.[12]
  • Contracts
    • Approved contract statements are available for vendors above $10,000.[13]
    • Bids and RFPs are posted.[14]
  • Lobbying

Public records

The sent e-mails of county commissioner Steve Rule for October, November and December of 2008 were requested by the Kuna Melba News under the Idaho Public Records Act. The request was filed after it came to light that Rule had sent out a joke e-mail about Michelle Obama that compared her to a black widow spider. The request was forwarded by Rule to the Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, which denied it. The reason given in the denial letter from the attorney's office is "I understand from Commissioner Rule that he does not retain sent email. I also consulted with the County IT Department and understand that Commissioner Rule's sent emails are not archived by them."[16]

Federal grants

The county was awarded $493,000 from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Child Sexual Predator Program, to stop child predators.[17]

External links


  1. [ Canyon County, Budget, Accessed: January 9, 2013 Under "Auditing"
  2. Canyon County, Budgets, Accessed: Oct. 24, 2012
  3. Canyon County, Commissioners Agendas, Accessed: January 9, 2013
  4. Canyon County, Meeting minutes, Accessed: Oct. 24, 2012
  5. Canyon County, Commissioners, Accessed: January 9, 2013
  6. Canyon County, Administrative Officials, Accessed: Oct. 24, 2012
  7. Canyon County, Permits, Accessed: January 9, 2013
  8. Canyon County, Zoning, Accessed: January 9, 2013
  9. Canyon County, Public Records Request, Accessed: January 9, 2013 (dead link)
  10. Canyon County, Fee schedule, Accessed: Oct. 24, 2012
  11. Canyon County, Treasurer, Accessed: January 9, 2013
  12. Canyon County, Audits, Accessed: Oct. 24, 2012
  13. Canyon County, Contracts, Accessed: Oct. 25, 2012
  14. Canyon County, RFPs, Accessed: January 9, 2013
  15. Canyon County, Lobbying, Accessed: Oct. 25, 2012
  16. Canyon County denies Kuna Melba News public records request, Kuna Melba News, January 2, 2009
  17. Idaho Reporter, Canyon County gets federal money to stop child sex predators, Oct. 14, 2010