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Indian River County, Florida

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Indian River County is one of 67 counties in Florida. Vero Beach is the county seat.

Indian River County had an estimated population of 135,167 in 2009.[1]

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This website was most recently evaluated on an unknown date.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 12 years.[2]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[3]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and some have personalized email provided.[4]
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[5]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 10 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 10 years.[6]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[7]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2000-2001 are available.[8]
  • Contracts
    • Current and awarded Bids and RFPs are posted online.[9]
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the County Attorney. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[10]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[11]
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.[12]
  • Lobbying
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[14]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[15]

The bad

Public Records

In late 2008 reporters organized by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors requested the most recent budget emails from central Florida county officials in order to audit the responses.

The Indian River County sheriff's office failed the audit by requiring the request be made in writing. No such requirement is in Florida's law. "Jim Harpring, general counsel to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, said the office doesn't require written requests" and suggested that there may have been a misunderstanding.[16]

See also public record requests meet with confusion in central Florida.

Audits

For Indian River County, the clerk or comptroller performs the internal audits.[17]

External links

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