Abilene, Texas

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Abilene is a city in Taylor County, Texas.
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Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning
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Audits Y
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Contracts N
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Lobbying N
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Public Records Y
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Local Taxes N
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Transparency grading process
==Evaluating the Website==

The good

  • The names and contact information of all city council members is published.[1]
  • The current budget is published.[2]
  • Administrative official information is posted.[3]
  • The Agendas and Minutes for all meetings are published.[4]
  • The meeting schedule is published.[5]
  • Building permits[6] and zoning information available.[7]
  • There is a procedure for requesting public records.[8]
  • Audit information is available.[9]
  • Tax information is posted.[10]

The bad

Information on contracts, lobbying and ethics is not available.


Lobbying

Main article:Texas government sector lobbying
Main article: Texas Municipal League members list

Abilene has reported $580,000 spent lobbying since 2000 (see table).

Reported lobbying expenditures, 2000-2009[11]
Year Amount spent on lobbying
2009 $20,000
2008 $80,000
2007 $60,000
2006 $40,000
2005 $80,000
2004 $80,000
2003 $80,000
2002 $60,000
2001 $60,000
2000 $20,000

Abilene pays membership dues to the Texas Municipal League, a government sector lobbying association.

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