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Essex County, Virginia

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Budget N
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Meetings N
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning P
Audits N
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Contracts N
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Lobbying N
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Public records N
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Local taxes Y
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Essex County is one of 95 counties in Virginia. According to the 2000 Census, the population was 9,989.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia county websites

The good

  • County board members' and county administrative officials contact information is posted.[1] Email addresses for administrative officials are listed on the individual departments' web pages.[2]
  • County taxes can be paid online.[3]

The bad

  • Term dates of county board members are not listed.
  • No county board meeting agendas or minutes are posted.
  • No budgets or audited financial statements were found.
  • Building and zoning permit forms are available, but no general information concerning building requirements or zoning ordinances.[4]
  • No current bid requests or recently awarded contracts to outside vendors are posted.
  • There is no information about how to make FOIA requests and no record of the county's FOIA compliance.
  • There is no information regarding any relations with lobbying associations the county might have. But the Virginia Association of Counties[5] lists the county as a member.

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