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Tooele, Utah

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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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Contracts N
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Lobbying N
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Public Records Y
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Local Taxes P

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Transparency grading process

Tooele is a city in Tooele County, Utah

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Utah city websites

This website was reviewed on April 18, 2013.

The good

  • Elected Officials
    • City council members are listed with contact and term expiration information.[1]
  • Meetings
    • A schedule of meetings, along with agendas and minutes are posted for current year meetings are posted.[2]
    • Minutes and agendas are archived to 2008.[3]
    • Administration
    • Contact information for the mayor is posted.[4]
    • Administrative officials are listed with contact information on department pages.[5]
  • Budget
    • The current budget is posted.[6]
    • Budgets are archived for three years.
  • Audit
    • Most recent financial audit is posted.[7]
    • Audits are archived for three years.
  • Taxes
    • Some local city and utility fees are posted on the city's Finance page.[8]
  • Permits and Zoning
    • Zoning ordinance is posted.[9]
    • Building permits are available.[10]

The bad

  • Usability
    • The site has no search function.
  • Contracts
    • Open and awarded city contracts not posted.
    • Contracts are not archived for at least three years.
  • Lobbying
    • No information is provided on Taxpayer-funded lobbying, including membership in public organizations that lobby on behalf of the city or private lobbying firms. Also the city does not disclose amounts spent on lobbying efforts.
    • Local tax rates, including levy, are not posted.

The Sutherland Institute

The Sutherland Institute in Utah issued a transparency report that graded Utah cities according to a ten-point checklist.[12] 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.[13]

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