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West Valley, Utah

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”’West Valley City”’ is a city located in Salt Lake County, [Utah]. The 2010 census reported the population was 129,480, making it the second-largest city in Utah. Previously known as Granger, Hunter, Chesterfield, and Redwood, West Valley City is now considered the bedroom community of Salt Lake City.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Utah city websites

Information last reviewed: an unknown date.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 3 years.[2]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[3]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and contact form.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and contact form.[4]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 5 years.[5]
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 11 years.
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[6]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2010 are available.[7]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[8]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[9]
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by employees from the Recorder's Office. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[10]
    • A public records form is provided.
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[11]
  • Lobbying
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[13]

The bad

  • Elected Officials
    • Personalized emails are not provided.
  • Administrative Officials
    • Personalized emails are not provided.

Budget

  • The 2011-12 budget is $63,647,995. The largest expenditure is the Police (33%), $21,493,437, followed by Fire (13%), $8,586,985, non-departmental (12%), $7,475,084, administration (12%), $7,431,413, debt service (8%), $4,921,038 and public works (7%), $4,469,830.[14]
  • Received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award in July 2010 from the Government Finance Officers Association.[15]

Stimulus

According to Stimuluswatch.org, West Valley did not receive any federal stimulus funding.[16]

Pensions

Although there is a link to benefits information, no information is listed on the webpage.[17]

Lobbying & Advocacy

The city spends $204,000 lobbying annually.[18]

Local taxes

The largest single area of revenue for the city is property tax, generating approximately $25 million, followed closely by sales tax, generating just over $18 million.[19]

City In the News

In 2011, Mayor Mike Winder admitted to creating a false identity to write news stories about the city he represents to Utah media outlets. Using the name Richard Burwash, the Mayor published over two dozen stories in a two-year period, even pretending to be the fictional author when he spoke with editors over the phone and in emails.[20]

The Sutherland Institute

The Sutherland Institute in Utah issued a transparency report that graded Utah cities according to a ten-point checklist.[21] 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.[22]

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