Okaloosa County, Florida

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Okaloosa County is one of 67 counties in Florida. The county was created in June 1915. [1] Crestview is the county seat and the largest municipality in the county.

Okaloosa County is situated in northwest Florida, extending from the Gulf of Mexico to the Alabama state line. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate of the county's population is 182,172.[2]

The county-wide school district is the Okaloosa County School District.

Sheriff indicted

On April 23, 2009, Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris and Teresa Adams, his administrative director, were indicted by a federal grand jury. The indictment alleges that on 26 occasions between May of 2007 and February of 2009, Morris and Adams conspired to obtain kickbacks from bonuses provided to Sheriff's Office employees. Morris and Adams face 65 years in jail.[3],[4]

Evaluation of website

Main article: Evaluation of Florida county websites

This website was most recently reviewed March 28, 2013.

The good

  • Elected Officials
    • County commissioners are listed with contact information.[5]
  • Meetings
    • Board meeting schedule is posted. [6]
    • Meeting minutes and archived to 1933. [7]
    • Current[8] and past archived agendas[9] since 1999 are posted.
  • Administration
    • Administration contact is available. [10]
  • Budget
    • Current budget is available.[11]
    • Budgets are archived to 2010.
  • Audit
    • Current financial audit is posted.[11]
    • Audits are archived online to 2007.
  • Permits and Zoning
    • Building permits are posted. [12]
    • Zoning information is available.[13]
  • Contracts
    • Current bids are posted. [14]
    • Awarded contracts are posted. [15]
  • Taxes
    • Local tax information is available.[16]
  • Public Records
  • Lobbying
    • The county posts membership in government sector lobbying organizations as well as affiliation with private lobbying firms.
    • The contracts for the private firms are available as well as the amounts spent on membership in the government sector lobbying organizations. Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag
Reported lobbying expenditures, 2006-2009 [18]
Year Amount spent on lobbying
2009 $50,000
2008 $130,000
2007 $120,000
2006 $20,000

Audits

For Okaloosa County, the clerk or comptroller performs the internal audits.[19]

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