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Racine County, Wisconsin

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Racine County is one of 72 counties in Wisconsin. The county seat is Racine.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Wisconsin county websites
Elected Officials
Administrative Officials P
Permits, zoning
Contracts P
Lobbying N
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Public records N
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Local taxes
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 13 years.[2]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 11 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for ten years.
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[3]
  • Elected officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[4]
  • Administrative officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.
  • Building 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.[5]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2003 are available.[6]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[7]
  • Local taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state and local funding in the budget.[8]
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[9]
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.[10]

The bad

  • Administrative officials
    • Individual emails are not provided for all department heads.
  • Contracts
    • Approved contract statements are not available for vendors above $10,000.
  • Lobbying
    • If the county engaged in lobbying actives or if it's a member of government lobbying associations are not disclosed, nor is the total cost of lobbying activities or membership dues for associations available.
  • Public records
    • The public information officer is not identified. Ballotpedia requires a mailing address, phone number and personalized email be listed with this position.

Public records

The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council performed an audit of compliance with the Wisconsin Open Records Law in 2008. Three in ten of the requests submitted were found to be ignored or responded to in violation of state law.

Racine County provided requested records promptly and without incident.[11]

See "Audit finds nearly 10% of open records requests denied or ignored" for more.

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