Frederick County, Maryland

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Frederick County is one of 24 counties in Maryland.

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The good

  • Budget is published.[1]
  • Taxes can be viewed and paid online.[2] Tax rates provided.[3]
  • Awarded contracts are listed, but contracts not available.[4]
  • Meeting agendas and minutes are available.[5] Commissioner's schedule also available.[6]
  • County commissioners are listed with contact information.[7] Officials listed in directory with contact info.[8]
  • Annual and quarterly financial reports[9], and internal audits are available.[10]
  • Building permits[11] and zoning information[12] available.

The bad

Stimulus spending website

Frederick County government launched a website to let residents track how the $15.4 million awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be spent on county projects.[13]

The county received seventeen different grants and one $6 million low-interest loan for police, transit, job training, housing and other purposes.

"We are pleased to provide this information on the county website as a service to the citizens of Frederick County, and as a means of making this information transparent and available to the general public in our region," county spokeswoman Robin Santangelo said.[13]

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