I. General Disclaimer
This web site,
with the registered domains of washingtonnc.ws, ci.washington.nc.us,
washingtonnc.info, washingtonnc.gov, washington-nc.gov and washington-nc.com,
is the official website of the government and enterprises of the
City of Washington, North Carolina. Information and services available
through this web site are collected, maintained and provided for
the convenience of the web site user. While the City makes every
effort to keep information accurate and up-to-date, the City does
not guarantee the accuracy of information provided on this web site
due to possible errors and/or outdated information in documents
and/or graphics, technical problems, unauthorized modification of
data, transmission errors, HTML or browser incompatibilities, or
other aspects of electronic communication that are beyond the City's
control. Under no circumstances shall the City of Washington be
liable for any actions taken, omissions made, or consequences that
result from relying on any information contained on this web site
or sites linked to third parties or arising out of, or in connection
with, the use or performance of software, documents, or provision
of, or failure to provide, services. This includes any special,
indirect, consequential or other damages resulting from loss of
use, data or profits, whether in an action of contract, negligence
or other tortuous action.
The City of
Washington provides information and services on this web site "as
is, as available" and without warranty, including all implied
warranties and conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular
purpose, title and non-infringement. The City of Washington and
authorized vendors may make improvements and/or changes in the document(s)
and/or the program(s) available through this web site at any time.
The City of Washington does not certify the authenticity of information
that originates from third parties. The views and opinions of the
authors of documents published on or linked to the City's web site
do not necessarily state or reflect the opinion, policy or position
of the City.
and Privacy Notice
are used to create summary statistics, such as those described in
Section V below, regarding visits to this web site. These statistics
are used for web site planning and maintenance, determining technical
design specifications, and analyzing system performance. To ensure
security and availability of this service to all users, software
programs are used to monitor network traffic and to identify unauthorized
attempts to upload or change information, cause damage, or deny
service to authorized users. Unauthorized attempts to upload information
or change information on this web site are strictly prohibited and
are subject to legal action. Except for the uses mentioned above
and authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts
are made to identify individual users or their usage habits.
III. Use of
presented on this web site is considered public information under
North Carolina law. The presentation of this information is copyrighted
by the City of Washington. Portions of this website are copyrighted
by VC3, Inc. The City of Washington and VC3, Inc., reserve certain
rights as described in Section X below. Most of the information
collected via this web site is also public information, including
the email addresses of listserv subscribers and the summary statistics
collected about visitors to the site as described in Section V below.
While under State law, the City must make this information available
on request and is allowed to recover copying costs, the City does
not distribute, sell or market information collected via this web
site. Information available from data bases accessed through this
site is a public record, except for billing information about utility
customers, which is protected under North Carolina law.
IV. Use of "Cookies"
web site nor the interactive GovHost® system provided through
the City's application service provider, VC3, Inc., use "cookies"
technology to tailor information for the user at this time. This
policy is subject to change.
Collected and Stored Automatically
This web site
automatically collects and stores the following information from
- The Internet
domain and IP address from which this web site was accessed;
- The type
of browser and operating system used to access this web site;
- The date
and time this web site was accessed;
- The pages
of the outside web site if the user arrived at the City of Washington
web site through a link from that site.
The City of
Washington uses this information to help make the web site more
useful to users, and to learn about the number of visitors to this
web site and the types of technology they use.
VI. Credit Card
The City of
Washington accepts VISA® and MasterCard® for on-line payments
of City of Washington water, sewer and electric utilities and certain
miscellaneous fees. On-line payments are processed using the GovHost®
system, which verifies and accepts online payments by integrating
with Authorize.net®, an industry-leading payment validation
service. Credit card information is transferred directly to Authorize.net
® using the latest in encryption technology. At no time is credit
card information collected through on-line transactions stored in
a GovHost® or City of Washington database. Neither credit card
information nor other billing information about utility customers
is regarded as public information under North Carolina state law.
VII. Links to
External Web Sites
of the City of Washington Government web site is to provide citizens,
businesses, utility customers and visitors with convenient and efficient
access to information about the City of Washington and the Washington
community. As a convenience to users and in order to provide information
about cultural, educational and recreational activities in the community,
this web site may contain links that will take the user off this
site to other web or computer sites that are not owned, regularly
reviewed or controlled by the City. The provision of these links
should not be construed as an endorsement or sponsorship of these
external web sites, their content or their hosts. The City specifically
disavows legal responsibility for what a user may find on another
site or for the personal opinions of individuals posted on any site
whether or not operated by the City. The City is not responsible
for accessibility of information provided on linked external websites.
The City cannot and does not make any representation about these
sites or the materials available there. By using the City's web
site, the user acknowledges and accepts that the City is not responsible
for any materials stored on other web sites, nor is it liable for
any inaccurate, defamatory, offensive or illegal materials found
on other web sites, and that the risk of injury or damage from viewing,
hearing, downloading or storing such materials rests entirely with
the user. Linked sites may operate under privacy, security, cookies
and other policies that differ from those of the City of Washington
or may operate under no policies in any or all of these areas.
Links may be
made from the City of Washington web site to external web sites
that meet the following criteria:
- are maintained
by a non-profit charitable, educational, hospital, scientific,
human services, or cultural organization serving the Washington
and Beaufort County, North Carolina, area or providing information
relevant to the functions and services provided by the City.
- exist for
the purpose of providing information about public special events
in or impacting the Washington and Beaufort County, North Carolina,
area or for the purpose of promoting the area in a positive manner.
- are maintained
by an established news-gathering organization, being either a
printed newspaper of regular, paid circulation no less than 10,000
that has published at not less than weekly intervals within the
City for at least one year or a television station whose broadcast
signal covers more than half of the City's geographical area and
which provides local news regularly and maintains a national network
- are maintained
by a state, local or federal government agency, or local school
or library board.
are maintained by an organization that receives direct financial
support from the City.
- provide an
online tool to help users access information on the site, communicate
with each other, or access official information, such as maps,
regarding Washington and Beaufort County, North Carolina.
- provide search
engines for the City of Washington web site
- are maintained
by authorized vendors providing services for this web site.
The City's web
site is not intended to function as a public forum. To avoid the
appearance of City endorsement, links are not allowed from the City
web site to other sites that:
- are politically
partisan in that they are associated with, sponsored by or serving
a candidate for elected office, any political party or an organization
supporting or seeking to defeat any candidate for elective office
or ballot proposal, or represent any political party or point-of-view,
either officially or unofficially.
- are strictly
commercial, political or religious in nature.
- are websites
for or about families or individuals.
sites may request a link from the City of Washington web site by
contacting the webmaster.
If permission to establish a link is granted, a reciprocal link
to the City of Washington home page on the third party site is requested.
The City of Washington asks that third parties request permission
to link to the City web site prior to establishing a link by contacting
the webmaster. Reciprocal
links from the City web site to an external web site can be granted
only to the extent that the external web site meets the above criteria.
The City of
Washington is committed to making information housed on its website
accessible to users with disabilities. Users who encounter difficulties
accessing information are asked to report the specific problem to
IX. How to Contact
inaccuracies, outdated material, or technical problems with this
website to the web master.
2002-2005 City of Washington Government, P.O. Box 1988, Washington,
of text, graphics and images to others without the express written
permission of the City of Washington, North Carolina is prohibited,
including "mirroring" this information on your server
without our permission or modifying or re-using the text, graphics
and images on this system. However, you may print copies of the
information for your own personal use and may cite this web site
as an information source in other publications, in which case attribution
should be made to the City of Washington, North Carolina. Any other
use of the materials is prohibited without the prior written permission
of the City of Washington, North Carolina. Send requests for reprint
permission to the webmaster.