DeSoto County, Mississippi
DeSoto County is part of the Metropolitan Memphis (TN-AR-MS) Statistical Area. Its county seat is Hernando. As of 2000, the population was 107,199. By 2010, the county had grown to a population of 161,252. It is now the third most populous county in Mississippi and the second most populous county in metro Memphis.
- Main article: Evaluation of Mississippi county websites
Last rated on September 5, 2012.
- Budgets are posted.
- Meeting minutes and agenda available.
- Elected Officials
- County supervisors listed with individual contact information.
- Administrative Officials
- Administrative officials are listed under respective departments.
- Building Permits and Zoning
- Information on how to obtain a building permits and zoning information is available.
- Bids for upcoming contracts posted, 
- Public Records
- Local Taxes
- Only current meeting agenda is provided.
- Audits are not posted.
- Current contracts not available.
- No information regarding lobbying.
Board of Supervisors
DeSoto County is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors elected by district. 
The Board of Supervisors appoints a county administrator who directs the county's day-to-day operations. Michael Garriga has served as county administrator since 2004.
The County Administrator, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, performs various tasks, which include:
- Carrying out the policies adopted by the Board of Supervisors, supervising the Board and other divisions of County government, preparing the budget for consideration by the Board of Supervisors, advise the Board as to the possible availability of federal or state grants and assistance for which the county may be eligible, securing insurance coverage for the county, receiving inquiries and complaints from citizens of the county, investigating such inquiries and complaints, and reporting his finding to the Board, and meeting regularly with the Board of Supervisors and having full privileges of discussion, but no vote.
- The Administrative Services staff support the County Administrator and the Board of Supervisors. They are responsible for taking and researching citizen complaints, creating and maintaining the Board of Supervisor's agenda, attending the Board of Supervisor meetings and creating the minutes of each meeting and assisting the County Administrator with the day to day operations of the county.
- The County Administrator's office generates the Board of Supervisor's agenda. The agenda is a detailed list of the items to be discussed in a Board Meeting. Citizens or organizations wishing to participate in a Board Meeting, should contact this office to be included on the agenda. Questions about the Board's Calendar should also be directed to the office of the County Administrator.
Revenue and expenditures for the 2011 budget are $133,291,983. This is a $10.5 million increase from 2010.
Revenue and expenditures for the 2010 budget are $122,770,840. This is a $22 million increase from 2009.
Revenue and expenditures for the 2009 budget are $100,790,825.
Revenue collected for the 2009 budget:
|AMOUNT NECESSARY TO BE RAISED BY TAX LEVY||29,149,610||11,662,845||7,028,654||47,841,109|
|TAXES AND AD VALOREM OTHER THAN TAX LEVY||3,127,220||1,500,000||4,627,220|
|LICENSES, COMMISSIONS, AND OTHER REVENUE||2,167,850||100,000||2,267,850|
|FINES AND FORFEITURES||877,240||25,000||902,240|
|STATE SHARED REVENUES||1,001,900||1,495,000||12,500||2,509,400|
|CHARGES FOR SERVICES||328,050||1,300,500||1,628,550|
|USE OF MONEY AND PROPERTY||740,000||2,231,510||38,800||3,010,310|
|OTHER FINANCING SOURCES||1,000,000||567,906||1,567,906|
|BEGINNING CASH BALANCE||17,100,000||8,202,527||4,000,000||829,500||30,132,027|
| TOTAL REVENUES AND BEGINNING CASH
Expenditures for the 2009 budget:
|HEALTH & WELFARE||2,189,892||258,801||2,448,693|
|CULTURE & RECREATION||1,452,000||1,452,000|
|CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES||356,960||356,960|
|ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & ASSISTANCE||505,000||505,000|
|OTHER FINANCING USES||1,510,265||1,510,265|
|ENDING CASH BALANCE||17,524,272||3,445,503||2,450,000||1,464,134||24,883,909|
| TOTAL EXPENDITURES AND ENDING CASH
The Sheriff is elected at-large and serves a four-year term. The Sheriff's law enforcement duties include keeping peace within the county. Administrative duties include serving as the county's jailor, submitting a budget of his office to the Board of Supervisors, keeping Mississippi Department Reports, and keeping a jail docket.
- DeSoto County official website
- DeSoto County Economic Development Council
- DeSoto Times Tribune
- Public Records Inquiry
- County profile on E-podunk
- ↑ 
- ↑ DeSoto County, Office of Finance and Accounting, Accessed: September 5, 2012
- ↑ DeSoto County, Meetings, Accessed: September 5, 2012
- ↑ DeSoto County, Supervisors, Accessed: September 5, 2012
- ↑ DeSoto County, Planning, Accessed: September 5, 2012
- ↑ DeSoto County, Contract Bids, Accessed: September 5, 2012
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 DeSoto County, Public Records, Accessed: September 5, 2012
- ↑ DeSoto County, Tax Appraisal, Accessed: September 5, 2012
- ↑ DeSoto County, Tax Rates, Accessed: September 6, 2012
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Board of Supervisors
- ↑ County Administrator
- ↑ 2011 Budget breakdown
- ↑ 2010 budget breakdown
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 2009 Budget
- ↑ Sheriff Department