Georgia counties fail on transparency

August 2, 2009 12:22 pm

by Jason · 3 comments

Dunwoody City Councilman John Heneghan reports that Georgia counties have earned less than desirable marks on transparency, according to to Sunshine Review:

The checklist, developed by Sunshine Review, requires information regarding budgets, meetings, elected and administrative officials, permits and zoning, audits, contracts, lobbying, public records and taxes be made easily accessible online.

According to the Sunshine Review findings, no county received a grade higher than B-minus. Douglas, Jackson, Paulding and Whitfield received the top grade, meeting seven points on the checklist. The most revealing finding by the Sunshine Review community is that forty four counties in Georgia do not have a website, bringing the total number of counties receiving an “F” to seventy nine.

“The Sunshine Review community believes every county in the nation has a responsibility to make basic information easily available to the taxpayer,” said Kristin McMurray, managing editor of Sunshine Review. “We urge Georgia citizens to use the results of these evaluations to push for reform in their counties.”

How did your county do?

Jawgadude August 2, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Bartow County will not publish meeting agendas in advance. They only send out a fax to media outlets the day before saying there will be a meeting.

Steve Perkins August 2, 2009 at 4:05 pm

I don’t know how “transparent” Gwinnett County’s government has been lately… but between the proposed property tax hikes and the garbage monopoly, I think most folks can sure see right through it!

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