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'''Dane County''' is one of [[Counties in Wisconsin|72 counties]] in [[Wisconsin]]. The county seat is [[Madison, Wisconsin|Madison]].<ref>[http://www.clickandlearn.cc/FreeBlacklineMaps/SeatsWI.htm County Seats of Wisconsin]</ref>
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'''Dane County''' is one of [[Wisconsin counties (Sunshine Review)|72 counties]] in [[Wisconsin]]. The county seat is [[Madison, Wisconsin|Madison]]. <ref>[http://www.clickandlearn.cc/FreeBlacklineMaps/SeatsWI.htm County Seats of Wisconsin]</ref>
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==Website evaluation==
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Last rated on November 14, 2012.
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===The good===
 
===The good===
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** Budgets are archived for 12 years.<ref>[http://www.countyofdane.com/budget/ ''Dane County, Wisconsin'', Budgets, Accessed: November 14, 2012]</ref>
 
** Budgets are archived for 12 years.<ref>[http://www.countyofdane.com/budget/ ''Dane County, Wisconsin'', Budgets, Accessed: November 14, 2012]</ref>
 
* Meetings
 
* Meetings
** Meeting minutes are archived for at least 3 years.
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** Meeting minutes are archived for at least three years.
** Meeting agendas are archived for at least 3 years.<ref>[http://www.countyofdane.com/committees/agendas.aspx ''Dane County, Wisconsin'', Meeting Agendas and Minutes, Accessed: November 14, 2012]</ref>
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** Meeting agendas are archived for at least three years.<ref>[http://www.countyofdane.com/committees/agendas.aspx ''Dane County, Wisconsin'', Meeting Agendas and Minutes, Accessed: November 14, 2012]</ref>
 
** A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.<ref>[http://www.countyofdane.com/clerk/meeting_list.aspx ''Dane County, Wisconsin'', Meeting List, Accessed: November 14, 2012]</ref>
 
** A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.<ref>[http://www.countyofdane.com/clerk/meeting_list.aspx ''Dane County, Wisconsin'', Meeting List, Accessed: November 14, 2012]</ref>
* Elected Officials
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* Elected officials
 
** Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.<ref>[http://www.countyofdane.com/board/ ''Dane County, Wisconsin'', Elected Officials, Accessed: November 14, 2012]</ref>
 
** Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.<ref>[http://www.countyofdane.com/board/ ''Dane County, Wisconsin'', Elected Officials, Accessed: November 14, 2012]</ref>
* Administrative Officials
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* Administrative officials
 
** Department heads are listed for most departments.<ref>[http://www.countyofdane.com/government.aspx ''Dane County, Wisconsin'', Departments, Accessed: November 14, 2012]</ref>
 
** Department heads are listed for most departments.<ref>[http://www.countyofdane.com/government.aspx ''Dane County, Wisconsin'', Departments, Accessed: November 14, 2012]</ref>
** Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address and phone number.
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** Contact information for administrative officials is provided, including a mailing address and phone number.
* Building Permits and Zoning
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** Zoning ordinances are not posted online.<ref>[http://www.countyofdane.com/ordinances/#zoning ''Dane County, Wisconsin'', Permit, Accessed: November 14, 2012]</ref>
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** Permit applications cannot be downloaded on the site.<ref>[http://www.countyofdane.com/plandev/zoning/zoning_permit.aspx ''Dane County, Wisconsin'', Permit, Accessed: November 14, 2012]</ref>
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* Audits
 
* Audits
 
** The most recent audit is posted.
 
** The most recent audit is posted.
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* Contracts
 
* Contracts
 
** Bids and RFPs are posted online.<ref>[http://www.danepurchasing.com/bids.aspx ''Dane County, Wisconsin'', Bids and RFPs, Accessed: November 14, 2012]</ref>
 
** Bids and RFPs are posted online.<ref>[http://www.danepurchasing.com/bids.aspx ''Dane County, Wisconsin'', Bids and RFPs, Accessed: November 14, 2012]</ref>
* Local Taxes
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* Local taxes
** Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
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** Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state and local funding in the budget.
 
** Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
 
** Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
 
** Residents are able to pay taxes online.<ref>[http://www.countyofdane.com/treasurer/ ''Dane County, Wisconsin'', Property Tax Rates and Online Payment, Accessed: November 14, 2012]</ref>
 
** Residents are able to pay taxes online.<ref>[http://www.countyofdane.com/treasurer/ ''Dane County, Wisconsin'', Property Tax Rates and Online Payment, Accessed: November 14, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===The bad===
 
===The bad===
* Administrative Officials
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* Administrative officials
 
** Department heads are not listed for every department and individual emails are not always provided.
 
** Department heads are not listed for every department and individual emails are not always provided.
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* Building permits and zoning
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** Zoning ordinances are not posted online.<ref>[http://www.countyofdane.com/ordinances/#zoning ''Dane County, Wisconsin'', Permit, Accessed: November 14, 2012]</ref>
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** Permit applications cannot be downloaded on the site.<ref>[http://www.countyofdane.com/plandev/zoning/zoning_permit.aspx ''Dane County, Wisconsin'', Permit, Accessed: November 14, 2012]</ref>
 
* Contracts
 
* Contracts
 
** Approved contract statements are not available for vendors above $10,000.
 
** Approved contract statements are not available for vendors above $10,000.
 
* Lobbying
 
* Lobbying
** If the county engaged in lobbying actives or if it's a member of [[Wisconsin government sector lobbying|government lobbying associations]] are not disclosed. Nor is the total cost lobbying activities or membership dues for associations available.
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** If the county engaged in lobbying actives or if it's a member of [[Wisconsin government sector lobbying|government lobbying associations]] are not disclosed, nor is the total cost of lobbying activities or membership dues for associations available.
* Public Records
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* Public records
** The public information officer is not identified.  Sunshine Review requires a mailing address, phone number and personalized email be listed with this position.
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** The public information officer is not identified.  Ballotpedia requires a mailing address, phone number and personalized email be listed with this position.
 
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==Elected Officials==
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!Office ||
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| Joe Parisi || County Executive
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| Scott McDonell || Board of Supervisors Chair
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| John Hendrick || Board of Supervisors First Vice-Chair
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| Robin Schmidt || Board of Supervisors Second Vice-Chair
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| Dave de Felice || Board of Supervisors Sergeant at Arms
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| Dianne Hesselbein || Board of Supervisors Sergeant at Arms
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==Public records==
 
==Public records==
 
===E-mailed requests===
 
===E-mailed requests===
In November 2008, Dane County Corporation Council Marcia MacKenzie said that records custodians in Dane County do not have to respond to requests for information under the [[Wisconsin Open Records Law]] that are e-mailed.  Requestors must provide their requests either in person or via standard mail.<ref>[http://www.madison.com/wsj/topstories/314998 ''Wisconsin State Journal'', "Dane County may refuse e-mailed open records request", November 19, 2008]</ref>
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In November 2008, Dane County Corporation Council Member Marcia MacKenzie said that records custodians in Dane County do not have to respond to requests for information under the [[Wisconsin Open Records Law]] that are e-mailed.  Requestors must provide their requests either in person or via standard mail.<ref>[http://www.madison.com/wsj/topstories/314998 ''Wisconsin State Journal'', "Dane County may refuse e-mailed open records request", November 19, 2008]</ref>
  
===Sheriff's office===
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===Dane County Sheriff's Office===
 
The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting [[Wisconsin Open Records Law|open records requests]] online.
 
The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting [[Wisconsin Open Records Law|open records requests]] online.
  
For years, the department required anyone seeking criminal history, background checks, jail records or any other documents to mail or fax their requests. Records now can be obtained online at http://danesheriff.com/records.aspx. <ref>[http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/local/437572 ''No inmates boarded outside of county in last four months'']</ref>
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For years, the department required anyone seeking criminal history, background checks, jail records or any other documents to mail or fax their requests. Records now can be obtained online.<ref>[http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/local/437572 ''No inmates boarded outside of county in last four months'']</ref>
  
 
==Taxpayer-funded lobbying==
 
==Taxpayer-funded lobbying==
 
:''Main article: [[Wisconsin government sector lobbying]]''
 
:''Main article: [[Wisconsin government sector lobbying]]''
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===2005-2006 government sector lobbying associations===
 
===2005-2006 government sector lobbying associations===
Dane County spent nearly $175,000 in the 2005-2006 session of the [[Wisconsin legislature|legislature]] for issues such as more state money for county nursing home patients and arguing against the taxpayer bill of rights.
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Dane County spent nearly $175,000 lobbying in the 2005-2006 session of the [[Wisconsin legislature|legislature]] for issues such as more state money for county nursing home patients and arguing against the taxpayer bill of rights.
 
<ref name=lob>[http://www.channel3000.com/politics/11077047/detail.html ''WISC TV'', "Reality Check: Taxpayers Pay For Lobbying", February 21, 2007]</ref>
 
<ref name=lob>[http://www.channel3000.com/politics/11077047/detail.html ''WISC TV'', "Reality Check: Taxpayers Pay For Lobbying", February 21, 2007]</ref>
  
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* [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=23115 County profile on E-podunk]
 
* [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=23115 County profile on E-podunk]
 
* [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/WI_Dane.htm Clark County free public records search]
 
* [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/WI_Dane.htm Clark County free public records search]
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* [http://danesheriff.com/records.aspx Dane County Sheriff's Office Records]
  
 
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Revision as of 15:44, 19 August 2013

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

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Wisconsin county websites
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Transparency grading process


The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 12 years.[2]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for at least three years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for at least three years.[3]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[4]
  • Elected officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[5]
  • Administrative officials
    • Department heads are listed for most departments.[6]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided, including a mailing address and phone number.
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2002 are available.[7]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[8]
  • Local taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.[9]

The bad

  • Administrative officials
    • Department heads are not listed for every department and individual emails are not always provided.
  • Building permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are not posted online.[10]
    • Permit applications cannot be downloaded on the site.[11]
  • 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

E-mailed requests

In November 2008, Dane County Corporation Council Member Marcia MacKenzie said that records custodians in Dane County do not have to respond to requests for information under the Wisconsin Open Records Law that are e-mailed. Requestors must provide their requests either in person or via standard mail.[12]

Dane County Sheriff's Office

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting open records requests online.

For years, the department required anyone seeking criminal history, background checks, jail records or any other documents to mail or fax their requests. Records now can be obtained online.[13]

Taxpayer-funded lobbying

Main article: Wisconsin government sector lobbying

2005-2006 government sector lobbying associations

Dane County spent nearly $175,000 lobbying in the 2005-2006 session of the legislature for issues such as more state money for county nursing home patients and arguing against the taxpayer bill of rights. [14]

Public employee salaries

Main article: Dane County employee salaries

External links

References