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Nevada County, California

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Nevada County is one of 58 counties in California. Its county seat is located in Nevada City.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of California county websites

This website was reviewed on December 16, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 5 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 6 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 6 years.
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[4]
    • Meeting video are available.[5]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2000 are available.[6]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[7]
    • Contracts can be found using document search function.[8]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[9]
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.[10]
  • Lobbying
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[12]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[13]
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified with contact information.[14]
    • Information on how to file a public records request is posted.[15]

The bad


Main article: California government sector lobbying

For 2007 and 2008, Nevada County spent $139,002 on lobbying the California legislature.[16]

External links


  1. Nevada County County Budget, Accessed December 15, 2012
  2. Nevada County, Appointed Officials, Accessed: December 15, 2012
  3. Nevada County Board of Supervisors, Accessed December 16, 2012
  4. Nevada County, Meeting Schedule, Accessed: December 15, 2012
  5. Nevada County, Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Video
  6. Nevada County, Financial Statements, Accessed December 15, 2012
  7. Nevada County, Current Bids, Accessed December 15, 2012
  8. NEvada County, Document Search, Accessed: December 15, 2012
  9. Nevada County, Property Tax Overview, Accessed: December 15, 2012
  10. Nevada County, Pay Taxes Online, Accessed: December 15, 2012
  11. Nevada County, County Legislative Priorities and Legislative Advocacy, Accessed: December 15, 2012
  12. Nevada County, Planning Department, Accessed December 15, 2012
  13. Nevada County, Building Department," accessed December 16, 2012
  14. PIO
  15. Public Records
  16. State-Level Lobbying and Taxpayers: How Much Do We Really Know?, Pacific Research Institute