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Kern County, California

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Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials N
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Permits, zoning Y
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Audits N
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Contracts Y
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Lobbying N
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Public records N
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Local taxes Y
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Kern County is one of 58 counties in California. Its county seat is in Bakersfield.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of California county websites

The good

  • The names and contact information for all board of supervisors members is provided.[1]
  • Board of supervisor meeting agendas and minutes are published.[2]
  • The current budget is published.[3]
  • Information on taxes is provided.[4]
  • Audits are published.[5]
  • Information on building permits and zoning is provided.[6]
  • Information on contracts is provided.[7]

The bad


Main article: California government sector lobbying

In 2008, Kern County reported $90,000 spent on lobbying the federal government.[8]

For 2007 and 2008, Kern County spent $357,576 on lobbying the California legislature.[9]

External links


  1. Board
  2. Meetings
  3. Budget
  4. Taxes
  5. Audits
  6. Building permits
  7. Contracts
  8. [1]
  9. State-Level Lobbying and Taxpayers: How Much Do We Really Know?, Pacific Research Institute