Wednesday, January 28, 2009

"Open" Local Government

I found this from Matt's posting on open gov't in Prov. on www.RIFuture.com. I would apply it to any of our local governments- all of which have websites. It would also be interesting to apply this to our local School Committees which often have a dearth of info posted on their sites and yet all have tech departments.

"Can I find on the city's website which homeowner gets a new sidewalk and which City Council person requested it?
Can I find on the city's website which streets get plowed first or get street sweepers coming through more often?
Can I find on the city's website which properties the city owns, who bid on the properties and who each property was sold to?
Can I find on the city's website the minutes and/or audio and/or video of City Council meetings and/or all city open meetings?
Can I find on the city's website all recorded votes of the City Council and a list of introduced ordinances, which committee they are in and the status of each ordinance?
Can I find on the city's website when new employees were hired, in what department and their salary?
Can I find on the city's website all of the executive office's employees and their salaries?
Can I find on the city's website any voting information such as ward committees, polling precincts, working on election day, receiving passes for being a checker, etc.?
Can I find on the city's website all of the city's vehicles, who uses them and whether they are take home vehicles?"

”Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants…” - Justice Brandeis
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