Abilene, Kansas

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Abilene is a city in and the county seat of Dickinson County, Kansas, 163 miles (262 km) west of Kansas City.

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Kansas city websites
Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Permits, zoning P
Contracts P
Lobbying N
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Public Records
Local Taxes

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budgets for the past five fiscal years are available in full. Proposed budget materials for fiscal year 2014 are also available.[1][2]
  • City commission meeting minutes and agendas are available for the current year; minutes are available dating back to 2010. Agendas and minutes are also available for other boards and councils.[3]
  • Contact information, including personalized e-mail addresses and office phone numbers and mailing addresses, are available for key elected and administrative officials.[4]
  • Building permit and zoning information is available, but the requisite forms and applications do not appear to be available online.[5]
  • Financial reports and independent audits dating back to 2007 are available.[6]
  • Information regarding upcoming projects is available, including cost estimates, share to be paid by the city, and a tentative schedule. However, more extensive information on the city's bid and contract processes is not readily accessible.[7]
  • Information regarding public records request procedures is posted, and the requisite form is available for download; the City Clerk is identified as the official custodian of public records and the primary point of contact for all requests.[8][9]
  • Considerable tax information is available, including both property tax and sales tax rates.[10]

The bad

  • The website does not appear to disclose government sector lobbying activities.

External links


  1. Abilene, Kansas, "Budget," accessed November 4, 2013
  2. Abilene, Kansas, "2014 Budget," accessed November 4, 2013
  3. Abilene, Kansas, "Archive Center," accessed November 4, 2013
  4. Abilene, Kansas, "Staff Directory," accessed November 4, 2013
  5. Abilene, Kansas, "Community Development," accessed November 4, 2013
  6. Abilene, Kansas, "Financial Reporting and Compliance," accessed November 4, 2013
  7. Abilene, Kansas, "Projects," accessed November 4, 2013 (dead link)
  8. Abilene, Kansas, "City Clerk," accessed November 4, 2013
  9. Abilene, Kansas, "Request for Record Copy," accessed November 4, 2013
  10. Abilene, Kansas, "Taxes," accessed November 4, 2013