Stearns County, Minnesota

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Transparency Grade
Budget N
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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 Y
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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 N
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Stearns County is one of 87 counties in Minnesota.

Website evaluation

The good

  • The names and contact information of all county commissioners is published.[1]
  • County commissioner board meeting agendas[2] and minutes[3] are published.
  • Audit Reports are published.[4]
  • Information on contracts is provided.[5]
  • Information on building permits and zoning is available.[6]
  • A budget overview is published.[7]

The bad

  • The complete budget is not available.
  • There is no information on administrative officials, taxes, lobbying, and public records.


Main article: Minnesota government sector lobbying

Stearns County spent $140,000 between 2006-2010 on lobbying the federal government.[8][9]

The county has spent the following on government sector lobbying in the state from 2005-2009. This includes both contracts with lobbyists and membership in government sector lobbying associations

Year Amount
2009 $65,134
2008 $116,933
2007 $112,822.00
2006 $63,798
2005 $61,399

Data obtained from Minnesota State Auditor Lobbying Reports

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