Ann Arbor, Michigan

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

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Ann Arbor is a city in Michigan. It is the county seat of Washtenaw County, Michigan.

Website evaluation

This website was most recently evaluated Dec. 13, 2012.

The good

  • Elected Officials
    • Contact information for elected officials is posted.[1]
  • Meetings
    • Minutes and agendas from the most recent meeting are published. Full council packet is available as well.[2]
    • Minutes for city council and other public boards are archived for at least three years.[3]
  • Administration
    • Contact information for administration officials is posted.[4]
  • Budget
    • Budgets are available online.[5]
    • Budgets are Archived to 2004.[6]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted online.[7]
    • Audits are archived to 2004.[8]
  • Taxes
    • Local tax information is posted.[9]
  • Public Records
  • Zoning
    • Forms and applications for zoning[11]
  • Contracts
    • Contracts and bid information is online.[12]

The bad

  • Lobbying
    • Lobbying affiliations are not listed. The city is a member of the Michigan Municipal League, but this is not made evident.
    • Membership dues for Lobbying affiliations are not disclosed.
    • Contracts with private individuals to lobby on the city's behalf are not published.


Ann Arbor was forced to terminate fire fighters after a multi-million deficit, but are still installing an $850,00 fountain in front of the police station.[13] Only $6,000 of funding for the art project came from the cities general fund.

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