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  • Jobs, Benefits, and Business

    Includes veterans' benefits, starting and running a business, unemployment, County job openings, and selling to the County.

  • Law and Justice

    Includes the courts, most wanted, law enforcement, child support enforcement, sealing record, victims' services, and jury duty.

  • Building, Property, and Home

    Includes planning, building codes and permits, owning and renting a property, and property tax assessments.

  • Health and Family Care

    Includes child and adult health service, food stamps, foster care, mental health, in-home nurse, substance abuse, and child support.

  • Birth, Death, and Marriage

    Includes bereavement, certificates and vital records, and divorce.

  • Environment and Agriculture

    Includes air quality and burn days, garbage and recycling, sewer, conservation, and green energy financing.

  • Animal Services

    Includes adopting a pet, animal control, and local vets and shelters.

  • County and Government

    Includes information on the buildings, county, codes, departments, projects, representation, and voting.

  • Community and Recreation

    Includes activities and events, parks, museums, libraries, and volunteerism.

  • Taxes and Financial Reports

    Property taxes, business taxes, transient occupancy taxes, fines, and financial reports.

  • Transportation and Travel

    Includes passports, bus schedules, and road maintenance.

  • Safety and Emergency

    Includes forest fires and floods, emergency preparation, and emergency response.

Services and Information

Services and information on the department web pages should contain bullets on the web pages, followed by a brief description. The bullets automatically convert to links and are formatted as above. The description should follow the links. It should be brief and no longer than three lines in the services and information. The text in the links should be camel case. The text should be short and concise, in plain talk.

You can group the items based on a larger category like “Homeowners”, “Contractors” etc., which link to specific pages for homeowners and contractors, or have direct links to a page for action like “Find your Permit”, Adopt a pet, etc.

Do not use too many links on one page in the services and information area as it will lead to what is called the “Times Square Effect” which is confusing to the citizens. The fewer the links, the easier it is to find what they are looking for. Group items by categories for easy access.