Transparency - Who is & Who isn't

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Lisa

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Mar 23, 2013
 

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Kudos to City of Arnold. Everybody else needs to catch up.
Mo Zilla

Arnold, MO

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Mar 23, 2013
 
It is election season. Almost to a tee, candidates for public office claim the citizenry need greater transparency from the local government (city or district) to which the candidate seeks election.

Candidates often indict the local government without identifying a specific problem or shortcoming and without identifying solutions. Oddly, this means candidates are not transparent about their claims that local government lacks transparency. As a result, the "transparency" terminology becomes trite.

Does anybody ever stop to actually conduct a transparency check. Let's do a quick dip-stick look at 7 transparency factors for our local governmental units.
Mo Zilla

Arnold, MO

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Jefferson County -(score 4 of 7)
Yes - has website
Yes - has online meeting schedule
Yes - has online board meeting agenda
No - has online meeting minutes
Yes - has online meeting video
No - has online disbursement reports
No - has online financial reports
Mo Zilla

Arnold, MO

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City of Arnold -(score 7 of 7)
Yes - has website
Yes - has online meeting schedule
Yes - has online board meeting agenda
Yes - has online meeting minutes
Yes - has online meeting video
Yes - has online disbursement reports
Yes - has online financial reports
Mo Zilla

Arnold, MO

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Rock Community Fire Protection District -(score 3 of 7)
Yes - has website
Yes - has online meeting schedule
Yes - has online board meeting agenda
No - has online meeting minutes
No - has online meeting video
No - has online disbursement reports
No - has online financial reports
Mo Zilla

Arnold, MO

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Rock Township Ambulance District -(score 4 of 7)
Yes - has website
Yes - has online meeting schedule
Yes - has online board meeting agenda
Yes - has online meeting minutes
No - has online meeting video
No - has online disbursement reports
No - has online financial reports
Mo Zilla

Arnold, MO

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Fox C-6 School District -(score 4 of 7)
Yes - has website
Yes - has online meeting schedule
Yes - has online board meeting agenda
Yes - has online meeting minutes
No - has online meeting video
No - has online disbursement reports
No - has online financial reports
Mo Zilla

Arnold, MO

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Public Water Supply District #1 -(score 0 of 7)
No - has website
No - has online meeting schedule
No - has online board meeting agenda
No - has online meeting minutes
No - has online meeting video
No - has online disbursement reports
No - has online financial reports
Mo Zilla

Arnold, MO

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Mar 23, 2013
 
Draw your own conclusions.
Citizen Kane

Saint Louis, MO

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Rock Community Fire Protection District has a proposition on the April 2 ballot seeking authorization to issue $10 Mil of bond financing.

The Rock Fire board of directors failed to have the ballot tell voters that approval of the bond issue will cause property taxes to increase.

So not transparent. Just sneaky.

Rock Fire is certainly not living up to their "whatever it takes" motto by hiding what is really going on.
Are you Joking

Arnold, MO

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Mar 23, 2013
 
Mo Zilla wrote:
City of Arnold -(score 7 of 7)
Yes - has website
Yes - has online meeting schedule
Yes - has online board meeting agenda
Yes - has online meeting minutes
Yes - has online meeting video
Yes - has online disbursement reports
Yes - has online financial reports
Website is difficult to navigate, not user friendly.
Some meeting schedules are on line, some are not.
Some board meeting agendas are on line, most are not.
Some board meeting minutes are on line most are not.
City council meeting only is available on video, no other boards or commission meetings are on video.
On line disbursement available, but difficult to find.
Financial reports again, on line but difficult to find.
Another example

Saint Louis, MO

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Mar 23, 2013
 
Rock Fire tells you that "taxes you pay to your fire district are the only taxes that save you money on your property insurance rates."

However, Rock Fire conveniently fails to mention the 2013 proposed tax increase will not lower your property insurance rates.
Joker

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Are you Joking wrote:
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Website is difficult to navigate, not user friendly.
Some meeting schedules are on line, some are not.
Some board meeting agendas are on line, most are not.
Some board meeting minutes are on line most are not.
City council meeting only is available on video, no other boards or commission meetings are on video.
On line disbursement available, but difficult to find.
Financial reports again, on line but difficult to find.
Are you stupid? Arnold is making a far better effort than everybody else.
Well

Imperial, MO

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Mar 23, 2013
 
Tell the firemen to pay for their own insurance and they might not need that bond increase.
Whistle Dixie

Arnold, MO

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Mar 24, 2013
 
Joker wrote:
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Are you stupid? Arnold is making a far better effort than everybody else.
No just stating facts.

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