Arlington, Texas

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Arlington, Texas is a city in Tarrant County, Texas.
Current members, Irving City Council
District Councilmember
1 Charlie Parker
2 Sheri Capehart
3 Robert Rivera
4 Kathryn Wilemon
5 Lana Wolff
6 Robert Shepard
7 (At-Large) Jimmy Bennett
8 (At-Large) Michael Glaspie

Taxpayer-funded lobbying

Main article: Texas Municipal League members list

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

Website evaluation

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

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Transparency grading process

Last rated on November 25, 2012

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 9 years.[1]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and contact form.[2]
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[3]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 5 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 5 years.[4]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[5]
    • Meeting video or podcasts are available.
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 1998 are available.[6]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[7]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[8][9]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[10]
  • Lobbying
    • The city discloses it hires lobbyists and the total amount spent on lobbying.[11][12]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[13]

The bad

  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are not listed for every department.
    • The mayor and other administrative officials have contact forms instead of personalized email addresses provided.
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is not identified. Sunshine Review requires a mailing address, phone number and personalized email be listed with this position.

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