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Caddo Parish, Louisiana

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Caddo Parish is one of 64 parishes in Louisiana. A parish, in Louisiana, is the equivalent of a county in other states.

Caddo Parish operates under a home rule charter adopted by the voters that became effective in 1984. That means that it operates under a "commission-administration" form of government. The Caddo Parish Commission is composed of 12 elected commissioners and constitutes the legislative branch of the parish government. The commissioners are elected to four-year terms from single member districts.

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Budget Y
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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
Lobbying N
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Public records P
Local taxes
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The good

  • The website includes information about who is on the Parish Commission (the governing agency of the parish) and how to contact them.[1]
  • The website posts budgets from 2008 to 2011.[2]
  • The website publishes minutes and agendas for parish commissioners' meetings going back to 2006.[3]
  • The website includes a feature that allows people to watch a live broadcast of parish commissioners' meetings online.[4]
  • The website offers information on the heads of each department, as well as how to contact them.[5]
  • The website offers annual reports about what is going on in the parish.[2]
  • Permits are posted on the website. Ordinances are also available.[6][7]
  • Contract bids and purchasing information are posted to the website.[8]
  • Information is available about current and past budgets, audits and local taxes.[9][10]
  • The website states that the Parish Attorney is responsible for public records requests, but information on the procedure for accessing the records under Louisiana's sunshine laws is not provided.[11]

The bad

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