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'''Botetourt County''' is one of [[Virginia counties (Sunshine Review)|95 counties]] in [[Virginia]]. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 33,148.<ref>[http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/51/51023.html ''U.S. Census State and County QuickFacts'' "Botetourt County, Virginia," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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==Website evaluation==
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::''See also: [[Evaluation of Virginia county websites]]''
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This website was last evaluation on September 16, 2013.
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{{County transparency checklist |
 
{{County transparency checklist |
  Rating                    = {{Rating7}} |
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  Rating                    = {{Rating8}} |
  Budget                    = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
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  Budget                    = {{Yes}} |
 
  Meetings                  = {{Partial}} |
 
  Meetings                  = {{Partial}} |
 
  Elected Officials        = {{Yes (Sunshine Review)}} |
 
  Elected Officials        = {{Yes (Sunshine Review)}} |
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  Building permits and zoning = {{Yes (Sunshine Review)}} |
 
  Building permits and zoning = {{Yes (Sunshine Review)}} |
 
  Audits                    = {{Partial}} |  
 
  Audits                    = {{Partial}} |  
  Contracts                = {{Yes (Sunshine Review)}} |
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  Contracts                = {{Partial}} |
  Lobbying                  = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
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  Lobbying                  = {{Yes}} |
 
  Public records            = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 
  Public records            = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 
  Local taxes                = {{Yes (Sunshine Review)}} |
 
  Local taxes                = {{Yes (Sunshine Review)}} |
 
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'''Botetourt County''' is one of [[Virginia counties (Sunshine Review)|95 counties]] in [[Virginia]]. According to the 2000 census, the population was 30,496.{{Action}}
 
 
==Website evaluation==
 
::''Main article: [[Evaluation of Virginia county websites]]''
 
  
 
===The good===
 
===The good===
* Contact information for county board members and their term dates are listed.<ref>[http://www.co.botetourt.va.us/government/directory.php#bos Botetourt County board of supervisors]</ref> Contact information for county administrative officials is also available.<ref>[http://www.co.botetourt.va.us/government/directory.php?bos=1#admin Botetourt County administration]</ref>
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* Budgets for the current fiscal year and past three fiscal years are posted. CAFRs are also available.<ref>[http://www.botetourt.org/government/budget.php ''Botetourt County, Virginia Website'' "County Budget," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
 
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* Agendas and minutes are available for recent meetings of the county Board of Supervisors.<ref>[http://www.botetourt.org/government/bos_mtgs.php ''Botetourt County, Virginia Website'' "Board of Supervisors Meetings," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
* Lists of current bid requests<ref>[http://www.co.botetourt.va.us/purchasing/list-ifb.cfm Botetourt County bid requests]</ref> and awarded contracts<ref>[http://www.co.botetourt.va.us/purchasing/list-awards.cfm Botetourt County awarded contracts]</ref> are posted.
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* Contact information for county board members is posted, along with term dates.<ref name=directory>[http://www.botetourt.org/government/directory.php? ''Botetourt County, Virginia Website'' "Government Directory," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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* Contact information for upper-level administrative officials is available.<ref name=directory/>
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* Information on building permits and zoning, including forms, is available.<ref>[http://www.botetourt.org/government/devsvcs.php ''Botetourt County, Virginia Website'' "Development Services," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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* Bid and contract information is available, but detail (including dollar amounts) is lacking.<ref>[http://www.botetourt.org/purchasing/index.php#vendor ''Botetourt County, Virginia Website'' "Purchasing," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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* The website discloses the county's relationship with the Virginia Association of Counties, a [[government sector lobbying association]].
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* Tax information, including payment options, is available.<ref>[http://www.botetourt.org/treasurer/index.php ''Botetourt County, Virginia Website'' "Taxes, Licenses, Fees," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===The bad===
 
===The bad===
* Board meeting agendas and minutes are only available for the past few months.<ref>[http://www.co.botetourt.va.us/news_events/meeting_list.php#/news_events/meeting_detail.php Botetourt County meeting list]</ref>
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* Information on upcoming meetings does not appear to be available.
 
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* A central contact for [[FOIA]] requests is not clearly identified.
* Comprehensive annual financial reports, including audits,<ref>[http://www.co.botetourt.va.us/government/index.php#bodies Botetourt County government]</ref> are posted for previous years, but not for the current year, and no budget information was found.
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* No information is available about how to make [[FOIA]] requests, and there appears to be no record of the county's [[Virginia Freedom of Information Act|FOIA compliance]].
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* There appears to be no information about any arrangements with lobbying associations the county may have. However, the Virginia Association of Counties lists the county as a member.<ref>[http://www.vaco.org/ABOUT%20VACo/Counties%20Listed%20by%20Region.php Virginia Association of Counties Members]</ref>
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Revision as of 16:12, 16 September 2013

Botetourt County is one of 95 counties in Virginia. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 33,148.[1]

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Virginia county websites

This website was last evaluation on September 16, 2013.

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Budget
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Meetings P
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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 P
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Contracts P
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Lobbying
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Public records N
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Local taxes Y
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Transparency grading process


The good

  • Budgets for the current fiscal year and past three fiscal years are posted. CAFRs are also available.[2]
  • Agendas and minutes are available for recent meetings of the county Board of Supervisors.[3]
  • Contact information for county board members is posted, along with term dates.[4]
  • Contact information for upper-level administrative officials is available.[4]
  • Information on building permits and zoning, including forms, is available.[5]
  • Bid and contract information is available, but detail (including dollar amounts) is lacking.[6]
  • The website discloses the county's relationship with the Virginia Association of Counties, a government sector lobbying association.
  • Tax information, including payment options, is available.[7]

The bad

  • Information on upcoming meetings does not appear to be available.
  • A central contact for FOIA requests is not clearly identified.

External links

References