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McAlester, Oklahoma

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Meetings Y
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Permits, zoning Y
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McAlester is a city in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. The population was estimated at 18,388 in 2008 by the U.S. Census Bureau. It is the county seat of Pittsburg County.

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The good

  • Budgets are posted for fiscal years 2010 through 2013[1]
  • Agendas and minutes for city council meetings dating back to 2007 are posted.[2]
  • Names and contact information for elected officials are available.[3]
  • Name and contact information is available for the City Manager[4]
  • Information on permits[5] and zoning[6] is available.
  • Local tax information is available.[7]
  • Audited financial statements are available for fiscal years 2009 through 2012.[8]

The bad

  • No name or contact information is listed for City Clerk on the City Clerk page. To find the name and phone number of the City Clerk, residents must go through the Transparency menu and search under contacts.[9][10]
  • No information on city contracts
  • While membership in lobbying organizations is disclosed, there is no information on the tax-payer funded costs of membership.[11]
  • While public records request forms are available, no name or individual contact information is listed for the open records officer.[12]
  • Fees are not posted.[13]

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