Waukesha County, Wisconsin

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

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Wisconsin county websites
Meetings P
Elected Officials
Administrative Officials P
Permits, zoning
Audits N
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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 three years.[2]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for two years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for two years.[3]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[4]
    • Meeting podcasts are available.
  • Elected officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[5]
  • Administrative officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[6]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided, including a mailing address and phone number.
  • Building permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[7]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[8]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[9]
  • Local Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[10]
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.[11]

The bad

  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes or agendas are not archived for three to five years.
  • Administrative officials
    • Individual emails are not provided.
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is not posted.
    • Audits must be archived for as least three years.
  • 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.

In Waukesha County, one request met problems.[12]

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

Public employee salaries

Main article: Waukesha County employee salaries

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