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Jefferson County, West Virginia

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Jefferson County is one of 55 counties in West Virginia. Ranson is located in Jefferson County.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of West Virginia county websites

Last rated on an unknown date.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 3 years.[1]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[2]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[3]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 10 years.[4]
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 4 years.[5]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[6]
    • Meeting videos are available.[7]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2003 are available.[8]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[9]
  • Public Records
    • The Emergency Communications Department has a page for FOIA requests with form and fee schedule.[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]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[12]

The bad

  • Public Records
    • No information regarding public records from other departments and no contact information for requesting records.
  • Contracts
    • No contracts are posted.
  • Lobbying
    • No information regarding government funded lobbying.

In the news

Jefferson County clerk Jennifer Maghan rejected FOIA requests by The Observer in Shepherdstown in 2008 for zoning ordinance referendum petitions collected by a third party, stating that they were not public records. The case is pending in the West Virginia Supreme Court.[13].

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