Ozaukee County, Wisconsin

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Ozaukee County is one of 72 counties in Wisconsin. The county seat is Port Washington.[1]

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Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Wisconsin county websites
Transparency Grade
Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Permits, zoning
Audits P
Lobbying N
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Public records N
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Local taxes
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budget information is online.[2]
  • Meeting minutes and meeting agendas are online.[3][4]
  • Has a county directory with officials listed.[5]
  • Building permits and zoning information are available.[6]
  • A single recent audit is available for the East Wisconsin Railroad Consortium.[7]
  • Union contracts are posted on the site,[8] as is information on outside contracted services.[9]
  • Tax rates are available.[10]

The bad

Public records

The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council performed an audit of compliance with the Wisconsin Open Records Law in 2008. Three in ten of the requests submitted were found to be ignored or responded to in violation of state law.

The request for jail booking records caught the Ozaukee County Police Department by surprise, and they indicated that no one had ever asked to see the booking records before. The office offered to look up information under what criteria they had available, but were not able to provide the specific records requested.[11]

See "Audit finds nearly 10% of open records requests denied or ignored" for more.

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