Dinwiddie County, Virginia

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Transparency Grade
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 Y
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Audits Y
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Contracts Y
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Lobbying P
Public records Y
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Local taxes Y
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Dinwiddie County is one of 95 counties in Virginia. According to the 2000 Census, the population was 24,533.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia county websites

This website was most recently evaluated on October 10, 2013.

The good

  • Contact information for county board members is listed.[1]
  • County board meeting agendas[2] and minutes[3] for current and previous years are posted.
  • Contact information for administrative officials is listed.[4]
  • Budgets and audited annual financial reports for current and previous years are posted.[5]
  • Bid requests and recently awarded contracts are listed.[6]
  • Information on county taxes are posted. County taxes can be paid online.[7]
  • Complete Freedom of Information Act information is easily found under the "Your Government" drop-down menu on the main page.[8]

The bad

  • Term dates of county board members are not listed.
  • While the County does disclose membership in the National Association of Counties (NACO), the Virginia Association of Counties (VACO), and the Crater Planning District Commission, there is no easily accessible information regarding any public expenses (such as dues paid) for lobbying efforts. In the FY14 Approved Budget and CIP, "Dues and Memberships" are listed under more than 20 different departments and programs. According to Anne Howerton, Division Chief of Finance and General Services, the $8,182 "Dues/Memberships" line item under the Board of Supervisors heading indicates dues paid to NACO and VACO, and the $900 "Dues/Memberships" line item under the Planning/Zoning heading indicates dues paid to the Crater Planning District Commission. There is nothing in the budget or elsewhere on the site to distinguish dues paid to professional organizations from dues paid to government sector lobbying associations. [9][10][11]

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