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Monticello, Utah

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

Monticello is the county seat of San Juan County, Utah. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 1,958 and is the second largest city in San Juan County.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Utah city websites

The good

  • City council meeting minutes and agendas posted[1].
  • Contact information for city council members and mayor is on the website.[2]
  • Budgets and audits are available on the website, along with local tax information.[3]
  • Site provides information and link to Utah Government Records Access and Management Act.[4]
  • Contact information for administrative officials is provided.[5]
  • Permit application is available online.[6]
  • A link to the city's code is available, and information on zoning laws can be found in that document.[7]

The bad

  • Information for submitting a public records request is not provided.
  • Current permits and contracts are not available on the website.
  • No information about membership in government sector lobbying associations is available.

The Sutherland Institute

In November 2010, the Sutherland Institute, a Utah think tank, issued a transparency report that graded Utah cities according to a ten-point checklist.[8] The Institute spent 20 minutes on each website searching for checklist items to ensure that transparency items were both present and easily accessible. 111 cities were graded and averaged a score of roughly 5 points, which is the equivalent of a C- transparency grade.[9]

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