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Washington Parish, Louisiana

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Washington Parish is one of 64 parishes in Louisiana. A parish, in Louisiana, is the equivalent of a county in other states. The parish seat is Franklinton. In 2000, its population was 43,926.

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Louisiana parish websites
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Budget N
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning Y
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Audits N
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Contracts N
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Lobbying N
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Public records N
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Local taxes N
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Transparency grading process


The good

  • An inspection of the website finds that it includes a complete listing of council members, along with contact information.[1]
  • Meeting minutes for the current year are archived on the home page, while minutes and agendas from 2005 have their own page.[2][3] Other years do not appear to be online.
  • Administrative officials are listed.[4]
  • Permits are posted.[5]

The bad

  • The budget is listed as "coming soon."[6]
  • No information is provided about how parish residents can request access to public documents of the parish under Louisiana's sunshine laws.
  • Parish audits, contracts and tax information are not available online.

External links

References

  1. Parish council members
  2. Washington Parish Government
  3. Council Agendas
  4. Administration
  5. Permits
  6. Finance