Yakima County, Washington

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Yakima County is one of 39 counties in Washington.

Website evaluation

Last rated on Jan. 23, 2012

The good

  • Local tax information is provided.[1][2]
  • Annual financial audits available.[3]
  • Commissioners listed with contact information.[4] Meeting agenda[5] and minutes[6] available.
  • Public records request form provided.[7]
  • Budget is published.[8]
  • Current bids posted, contracts not available.[9]
  • Building permits[10] and zoning information provided.[11]
  • Administrative officials listed under respective departments.[12]

The bad


Public records

The Washington Supreme Court recently ruled against the county, saying that they have to release records about the billing of two murder defendants. The case that the Yakima Herald-Republic was suing for concerned a 2005 criminal trial involving Jose Luis Sanchez Jr. and Mario Gil Mendez. The two men were convicted for the murder of a 21-year-old man and his 3-year-old daughter during a home invasion robbery in Yakima.[13]

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