Hanover County, Virginia

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Budget Y
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Meetings P
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 N
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Public records N
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Local taxes Y
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Hanover County is one of 95 counties in Virginia (Sunshine Review). According to the 2000 Census, its population was 86,320.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia county websites

The good

  • Contact information for county board members is posted.[1]
  • Contact information for county administrative officials is provided on the individual departments' web pages.[2]
  • Budgets and audited annual financial reports for current and previous years are provided.[3]
  • Listings of current bid requests,[4] award notices[5] and current contracts[6] are available.
  • Monthly reports about building permits issued by the building inspector's office are provided.[7]
  • Monthly records of zoning applications are posted.[8]
  • The website offers a number of e-government services, including checking building permit and inspection status, and paying taxes online.[9]

The bad

  • County board members' term dates are not listed.
  • County board meeting minutes are available for current and previous years,[10] but agendas are only provided for the past year.[11]
  • No information about FOIA requests is posted, and no record of the county's FOIA compliance is available.
  • There is no information regarding any relations with lobbying associations the county might have. But the Virginia Association of Counties[12] lists the county as a member.


In 2008, Hanover County reported $20,000 spent on lobbying. [13]

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