Rio Grande County, Colorado

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Rio Grand County is a county in the U.S. state of Colorado. The county seat is Del Norte.

Website evaluation

Budget P
Meetings P
Elected Officials P
Administrative Officials P
Permits, zoning
Audits P
Contracts N
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Lobbying N
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Public records P
Local taxes
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Transparency grading process

This site was evaluated on Aug. 22, 2012.

The good

  • Finance
    • Budgets dating back to 2009 are available.[1]
    • The most recent audit is disclosed.[1]
  • Elected Officials
    • Commissioners are listed with their duties, an office address, phone number and general email.[2]
  • Meetings
    • The most recent meeting agenda is disclosed.[3]
    • Meeting minutes are archived back to 2007.[4]
    • A meeting schedule provides times and locations of future meetings.[5]
  • Taxes
    • Information on mille levies is available.[1]
    • The county provides a very clear chart on local tax rates.[6]
    • The treasurer provides additional tax information and the ability for residents to pay taxes online.[7]
  • Planning & zoning
    • Land use regulations are provided.[8]
    • Land use permit applications can also be downloaded on the site.
  • Administrative officials
    • Some departments provide who is in charge, an office address, a personalized email and a phone number.
  • Public records
    • A fee schedule is provided.[9]
    • The clerk provides a role based email, office address, and phone number.

The bad

  • Elected Officials
    • Personalized emails for each commissioner is not provided.
  • Meetings
    • Meeting agendas for the past 3-5 years are not provided.
  • Administrative officials
    • Not all department provide the head of the department, a personalized email, a phone number and an office address.
  • Public records
    • Information on filing a public records request isn't listed. Nor is a personalized email provided for the clerk.
  • Contracts
    • Approved contract statements are not available for vendors above $10,000.
  • Lobbying
    • If the county engaged in lobbying activities or if it's a member of lobbying associations are not disclosed. Nor is the total cost lobbying activities or membership dues for associations available.

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