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Salt Lake City, 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 Y
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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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Transparency grading process

Salt Like City is the capital city of Utah.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Utah city websites

In 2011 Salt Lake City earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score.

This site was most recently evaluated on Feb. 11, 2013.

The good

  • Administration
    • Contact information for city administration is posted.[1]
  • Elected Officials
    • Contact information for the Mayor[2] is posted.
    • Contact information for city council officials is posted.[3]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedule is posted.[4]
    • Meeting minutes and agendas are posted.[5]
    • Meeting minutes and agendas are archived for more than three years.[6]
  • Budget
    • The current year's budget is posted.[7]
    • Budgets are archived for at least three years.[8]
  • Audits
    • Annual audits are posted.[9]
    • Audits are archived to 2003.
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted.[10]
  • Permits and Zoning
    • Zoning information, including ordinances and maps, is posted.[11]
    • Building permits are posted.[12]
  • Public Records
    • Information on how to file a public records request is posted.[13]
  • Taxes
    • Local fee schedule is posted.[14]
    • Information on local tax rates is posted.[15]

The bad

  • Lobbying
    • Information on taxpayer-funded lobbying and ethics is not posted.
  • Checkbook Register
    • There is no checkbook register available

The Sutherland Institute

The Sutherland Institute in Utah issued a transparency report that graded Utah cities according to a ten-point checklist.[16] 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.[17]

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