Aiken, South Carolina

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Budget Y
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Elected Officials P
Administrative Officials P
Permits, zoning
Contracts P
Lobbying N
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Public Records N
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Local Taxes

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Transparency grading process
Aiken is one of 22 cities in South Carolina. In 2010, its population was 29,524.[1]

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of South Carolina city websites

This website review was updated on September 13, 2013.

The good

  • Elected officials are listed with some contact information.[2]
  • Meeting schedules and council duties are posted.[2]
  • Agendas[3] and minutes are posted.[4] Audio minutes are also available.[5]
  • Bid procedures are detailed, and some bids are posted.[6]
  • Administrative officials are listed with some contact information.[7]
  • Zoning[8][9] and building permit information are posted.[10]
  • Tax information, including tax rates,[11] is posted.[12]
  • The city posts its checkbook register online.[13]
  • Audits are posted.[14]
  • Complete budget archive is available.[15]
  • Current bid award letters are available. < Aiken Bid Award Letters, Accessed September 13, 2013</ref>

The bad

  • Email addresses are not available on website for officials due to spam prevention measures. Contact forms though are posted throughout the website.
  • No information is available on how to make public records requests.
  • No information is available on Taxpayer-funded lobbying.

Transparency news

On July 22, 2009, Aiken was praised in the Augusta Chronicle for posting its financial statements and checkbook register online.[16][17]

External links

Additional reading

Augusta Chronicle, "County might post records online," October 22, 2009