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Greene County, Missouri

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Greene County is one of 114 counties in Missouri. As of 2010, the population was 275,174 making it the fourth most populated county in Missouri. Its county seat is Springfield. The county was organized in 1833 and is named after American Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene. Greene County is part of the Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Last rated on March 5, 2012.

Main article: Evaluation of Missouri county websites

The good

  • Budget is online.[1]
  • County Commissioners and other elected officials are listed with contact information.[2][3][4]
  • Building permits and zoning details are provided.[5]
  • Tax records available in a searchable database.[6] Local tax information provided.[7]

The bad

  • County Commission meetings for the week and agendas are posted.[2] However, meeting minutes are not.
  • Administrative officials listed with phone numbers, but no email information is listed.[3]
  • County audits are not online.
  • Current bids are listed, but all awarded bids are not.[8]
  • Does not disclose if belongs to government sector lobbying associations.
  • Information on how to make a public records request is not provided on the site.

Budget

The County's budget process involves the creation of goals and objectives by June 15th. Budget request forms are sent out by July 1st. In non-election years, the budget is signed before January 10. In election years, it is signed by January 30th.[9]

2011 budget highlights include:

Fund 2011 Total
Estimated Balance 28,630,298
Taxes 68,478,600
Collector Commission 2,556,488
Licenses & Permits 741,450
Fees & Charges 3,458,600
Federal Revenue 4,347,595
State Revenue 6,315,365
Other Jurisdiction Revenue 2,088,129
Other Revenue 8,028,034
Interest, Transfers & Loan Products 22,384,636
Total Receipts 118,398,897
Total Available 147,029,195
Salaries and Benefits 38,201,652
Contractual 8,569,019
Training 897,941
Maintenance 2,194,775
Supplies 8,159,502
Capital and Equipment 31,408,283
Grants 4,976,107
Other 24,557,359
Transfers 2,296,215
Total Appropriations 121,260,853
End of Year Balance 25,768,342

Public Employees

Elected Officials

The Greene County Commission is the executive body of Greene County operating under guidelines established in the Revised Statutes of the State of Missouri. Within that authority the Commission enacts ordinances, resolutions and policies, supervises the activities of county departments, fixes salaries, adopts the annual budget, provides for construction and other services, and conducts hearings on planning and zoning matters.[2]

The county commission is comprised of three elected officials who serve four-year terms.[2] Elected officials include:[10]

Name Position
Rick Kessinger Assessor
Cindy Stein Auditor
Scott Payne Collector of Revenue
Richard Struckhoff County Clerk
Jim Viebrock Presiding Commissioner
Harold Bengsch Commissioner 1st District
Roseann Bentley Commissioner 2nd District
Dan Patterson Prosecuting Attorney
David Yancey Public Administrator
Cheryl Dawson Recorder of Deeds
Jim Arnott Sheriff
Bill Compere Treasurer
Stephen Helms Circuit Court

Administrative Officials

A list of departments can be found here.

Salaries

The 2012 budget contained no salary adjustments, but anticipated a 10% increase in healthcare costs and 1% increase in retirement benefits.[11]

Pensions

Employees participate in the Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System as well as the Missouri County Employees Retirement Fund. MOLAGERS is a defined benefit retirement plan. It currently has 33,000 active members and 16,000 retirees.[12]

Lobbying

In 2008, Greene County reported $120,000 spent on lobbying.[13]

Transparency & public records

Taxes

The county tax collector collects a real estate and personal property tax. Real estate levies by district can be found here.[14] The personal property tax is based on the valuation of all non real estate property. It consists of motor vehicles, trailers, watercraft, aircraft, livestock, farm machinery, and more.[15]

External links

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