Mohave County, Arizona

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Mohave County is one of 15 counties in Arizona. It is located in the northeastern part of the state, and its county seat is Kingman.

As of 2007, its population was estimated to be 194,944, an increase of 39,912 people since the 2000 census count of 155,032.

Mohave County was the one of four original Arizona Counties created by the 1st Arizona Territorial Legislature. The county territory was originally defined as being west of latitude 113° 20' and north of the Bill Williams River. Pah-Ute County was created from it in 1865 and was merged back into Mohave County in 1871 when much of its territory was ceded to Nevada in 1866. The county's present boundaries were established in 1881.

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Last rated on Jan. 18, 2012

The good

  • Board of supervisors are listed with contact information.[1]
  • Board meetings and agendas are listed on the calendar with minutes and agendas.[2]
  • Board meetings are streamed live.[3]
  • Administrative officials contact information is available in a directory and within each department.[4]
  • Complete information for making a public records request is provided.[5]
  • Local tax information is provided.[6]
  • Financial reports and audits are available[7], as is the Budget.[8]
  • Building permits and zoning information is available.[9]
  • Form to make a public records request is provided.[10]
  • Bid opportunities and procurement information is posted. Active contracts are not available.[11]

The bad

Elected Officials

Mohave County is governed by a three-member Board of Supervisors. The Board appoints a county manager in charge of day to day operations. The next election is in 2012. Arizona lawmakers are discussing taking some budget control away from Supervisors and providing other elected officials with more control over their own expenditures[12].

Supervisor District
Gary Watson District 1
Tom Sockwell District 2
Buster D. Johnson District 3


Mohave County has several taxing authorities operating within its borders. While the county treasurer collects all taxes, it then distributes the funds to each taxing district. Each taxing district (school districts, fire departments, cities, etc) sets its own tax rates.


County Supervisors have met with three congressmen to request funding for the Mohave County workforce program[13]. The Mohave County public works department has requested funds for building new offices as an alternative to the previously recommended "paint and polish"[14].

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