Chatham County, Georgia

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Chatham County is one of 159 counties in Georgia. Its county seat is Savannah.

Evaluation of website

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

Main article: Evaluation of Georgia county websites

The good

  • Budget information is available[1].
  • The Commission meeting agendas and minutes are posted[2].
  • The County Commissioners, their salaries and their contact information is listed[3].
  • Administrative contacts are listed[4].
  • Zoning information is available[5].
  • Contracts and bid proposals are posted[6].
  • There is some information about public records[7].
  • Tax information is posted[8].

The bad

Open records dispute

The Savannah Morning News in early January 2009 asked the Georgia attorney general's office to intervene in a dispute with Chatham County police over public access to crime reports. The newspaper said the police department is violating the Georgia Open Records Act because it stopped providing the newspaper with copies of daily, accumulated incident reports for the public and reporters to inspect.[9]

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