Bayonne, New Jersey

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Transparency grading process
Bayonne is a town in New Jersey.

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of New Jersey city websites

The good

  • Enacted budgets from FY2009 through FY2012 are posted online, along with the proposed FY2013 budget.[1]
  • City Council meeting minutes and agendas are available from January 2012 through July 2013. Meeting dates and times are posted on the calendar of events.[2][3][4]
  • Open Records Act request form is available online, along with the name and contact of the individual responsible for Open Records Act requests, the City Clerk.[5][6]
  • Residents have the ability to pay taxes online.[7]
  • Open bids are available online.[8]
  • Email addresses and phone numbers are listed for each member of the City Council.[9]
  • An email address and telephone number is listed for the Mayor.[10][11]
  • Email addresses and phone numbers are listed for the Business Administrator, Director of Municipal Services, and Director of Public Works.[12][13][14]
  • Several permit application forms are available on the Department of Municipal Services page. Clear guidelines are posted to help residents determine if they require a permit.[13][15][15]
  • Annual financial reports are available for FY2012 and FY2011.[16]
  • Membership in and dues paid to the New Jersey State League of Municipalities are clearly disclosed.[12]
  • Tax revenues and estimates are included in the budget, and users are clearly directed to the Hudson County Board of Taxation to view tax rates.[17][1]

The bad

  • No phone, email, or physical address listed for the Director of Public Safety.[18][19]
  • Most permit forms do not disclose associated fees/costs.[15][13]
  • Although audits are available for FY2012 and FY2011, it is recommended that audit reports be posted for the previous three to five years.
  • Information on awarded bids or contracts is available only by looking through meeting minutes.[2][8][20]
  • Budgets are non-searchable PDF files, making it difficult to find specific information.[21]

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