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An audit has found that three Pinal County administrators violated conflict-of-interest and ethics policies by accepting free trips from a vendor to semiannual training meetings, half of which were held at a resort in Idaho. A report by the county's internal-audit division called attention to the travel paid by AmeriBen/IEC Group, which processes employee-benefit claims for Pinal County.<ref>[http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2012/01/10/20120110pinal-officials-violated-policies.html#ixzz1jZqXn9Oh ''AZCounty.com'' "Audit: Pinal officials violated policies," January 14, 2012]</ref>
 
An audit has found that three Pinal County administrators violated conflict-of-interest and ethics policies by accepting free trips from a vendor to semiannual training meetings, half of which were held at a resort in Idaho. A report by the county's internal-audit division called attention to the travel paid by AmeriBen/IEC Group, which processes employee-benefit claims for Pinal County.<ref>[http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2012/01/10/20120110pinal-officials-violated-policies.html#ixzz1jZqXn9Oh ''AZCounty.com'' "Audit: Pinal officials violated policies," January 14, 2012]</ref>
 
==Lobbying==
 
==Lobbying==
In 2011, Pinal County spent $60,000 on lobbying.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=F12524&year=2011 ''Open Secrets'' "Pinal County," accessed July 10, 2013]</ref>
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In 2011, Pinal County spent $60,000 on lobbying.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=F12524&year=2011 ''Open Secrets'', "Pinal County," accessed July 10, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Performance measurements==
 
==Performance measurements==

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Transparency grading process

Pinal County is one of 15 counties in Arizona. It is located in the central part of the state, and its county seat is Florence. As of 2007, its population was estimated to be 299,246. As of 2010, the population is 375,770.[1]

Pinal County contains parts of the Tohono O'odham Nation and the Gila River Indian Community.

Growth from the Phoenix metropolitan area to the south has begun to spread into the northern parts of Pinal County. The cities of Maricopa and Casa Grande as well as many unincorporated areas have shown accelerated growth patterns; suburban development is likely to continue southward through the county.

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Arizona county websites


In 2011 Pinal County earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score.

This website was most recently evaluated on Dec. 20, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Current budget is available.[2]
    • Previous budgets archived to 2002.[3]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting information is posted, along with agendas and minutes.[4]
  • Elected Officials
    • Board of supervisors and other elected officials are listed with contact information.[5]
  • Administration
    • Officials are listed with contact information.[6]
  • Zoning
    • Zoning information is available[7], as well as building permits.[8]
  • Audits
    • Audits are available and archived to 2002.[9]
    • Itemized monthly financial expenditure reports are available.
  • Contracts
    • Vendor contracts are posted.[10]
    • Contracts are available by department, including Finance[11] and Public Works.[12]
    • A searchable database of contracts is provided.
  • Public Records
  • Lobbying
    • The county cites its reasons for lobbying and lists membership or affiliation with multiple government sector lobbying associations.[14]
    • Total costs for lobbying and membership dues are also published.
    • The county lists campaign finance reports for elected officials.[15]
  • Taxes
    • Tax rates and levies are posted.[16]
    • Tax bills are available in a searchable database[17], along with other useful local tax information.

Elected Officials

Board of Supervisors

Pinal County is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors. Arizona lawmakers are discussing taking some budget control away from Supervisors and providing other elected officials with more control over their own expenditures[18].

Budget

Pinal County provided an easy to read brochure summarizing the allocation of County revenues and expenditures.[19].

Revenue

Pinal County provided an easy to read brochure summarizing the allocation of County revenues.[20].

Revenue Category Percentage
Intergovernmental 31.7%
Property taxes 25.1%
Fund Balance 17.4%
Miscellaneous 9.3%
Charges for service 9.7%
Sales and Other Taxes 4.8%
Other Financing 0.6%
Licenses and permits 0.7%
Fines and forfeitures 0.7%

Expenditures

Pinal County provided an easy to read brochure summarizing the allocation of County expenditures.[21].

Expenditure Category Percentage
Public safety 24.1%
Public Health 19.8%
Highways and streets 11.0%
General government 27.8%
Dedicated fund balance 6.2%
Capital Projects 4.6%
Grant Project contingency 3.4%
Debt service payments 4.2%
Culture and recreation 0.8%
Education 1.0%
Welfare 1.4%
Sanitation 0.3%
Total $429,878,000

County Audit

An audit has found that three Pinal County administrators violated conflict-of-interest and ethics policies by accepting free trips from a vendor to semiannual training meetings, half of which were held at a resort in Idaho. A report by the county's internal-audit division called attention to the travel paid by AmeriBen/IEC Group, which processes employee-benefit claims for Pinal County.[22]

Lobbying

In 2011, Pinal County spent $60,000 on lobbying.[23]

Performance measurements

The Arizona County Manager's Association (ACMA) recognized Pinal for adopting “Managing for Results” program performance, which evaluates how well government programs are run.[24]

Taxes

The County website posts information on tax rates.[25]

External links

References

  1. Census Bureau "Quick Facts," accessed July 10, 2013
  2. Pinal County "Budget," accessed July 10, 2013
  3. Pinal County "Budget Archives," accessed July 10, 2013
  4. Pinal County "Meeting Schedule," accessed July 10, 2013
  5. Pinal County "Elected Officials," accessed July 10, 2013
  6. Pinal County "Administration," accessed July 10, 2013
  7. Pinal County "Zoning," accessed July 10, 2013
  8. Pinal County "Building Permit," accessed July 10, 2013
  9. Pinal County "Audits," accessed July 10, 2013
  10. Pinal County "Bids," accessed July 10, 2013
  11. Pinal County "Finance Contracts," accessed July 10, 2013
  12. Pinal County "Public Works Contracts," accessed July 10, 2013
  13. Pinal County "Public Records Request," accessed July 10, 2013
  14. Pinal County "Lobbying," accessed July 10, 2013
  15. Pinal County "Campaign Finance," accessed July 10, 2013
  16. Pinal County "Taxes," accessed July 10, 2013
  17. Pinal County "Tax Search," accessed July 10, 2013
  18. The Arizona Republic "Arizona lawmakers aim to take some budget control away from supervisors," March 6, 2011
  19. Pinal County "Where does your tax dollar go? 2010-2011," accessed July 10, 2013
  20. Pinal County "Where does your tax dollar go? 2010-2011," accessed July 10, 2013
  21. Pinal County "Where does your tax dollar go? 2009," accessed July 10, 2013
  22. AZCounty.com "Audit: Pinal officials violated policies," January 14, 2012
  23. Open Secrets, "Pinal County," accessed July 10, 2013
  24. Weidner "Managing For Results: Success in Pinal County, AZ," August 5, 2010
  25. Pinal County "Tax Rates," accessed July 10, 2013