Oldham County, Kentucky

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Oldham County is one of 120 counties in Kentucky.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Kentucky county websites

This website was reviewed on December 15, 2011.

The good

  • Elected officials are listed with contact information.[1]
  • Administrative officials are listed with contact information.[2]
  • Meeting schedules and procedures are posted,[3] along with agendas,[4] minutes,[5] and videos.[6]
  • The current budget and zoning information are posted.[7]
  • Bid requests are posted.[8]
  • Permits are posted.[9]
  • Information is available on public records requests.[10]

The bad


Public records

The Oldham Fiscal Court was accused of violating the Kentucky Open Records Act by refusing to release the name of an individual that made a $100,000 donation to the county. County magistrate Scott Davis sued his colleagues after they refused to release the name, and Oldham Circuit Judge Karen Conrad ruled that "the public's right to know outweighs a donors right to privacy."

Judge Conrad also concluded that the Fiscal Board entered into closed session of a public meeting inappropriately on September 16, 2008. The stated reason for entering closed session was to discuss personnel matters, which is permitted under the law, but the stated reason was found to be bogus and the Board was discussing matters that belonged in open session. The County must pay a fine of $2600 for these violations.[11]

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