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Sandy Springs, Georgia

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Sandy Springs is a city in Georgia. It is located in Fulton County. It was incorporated in December 2005 and lies just north of Atlanta.

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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 P
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Permits, zoning Y
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Audits
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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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The good

  • Budget information, including information on current budget workshops, is available.[1]
  • Contact information for the mayor and city council is available.[2]
  • Agendas and minutes for city council meetings are posted online[3].
  • Zoning information[4] and ordinances[5] are available.
  • Public records request information is available[6].
  • Ethics ordinance information is available[7].
  • Information about city administrative officials is posted.[8]
  • Audits (comprehensive annual financial reports) are posted on the website.[9]


The bad

  • Contact information for city administrative officials is incomplete.
  • Local tax information is not complete.[10]
  • No information on lobbying or membership in government sector lobbying associations is available.

Outsourcing

Sandy Springs made national news in 2005 for outsourcing (privatizing) government services from the moment of the city's incorporation in December of that year. The city cited the need to set up services as quickly as possible as the primary reason for private contracts for services; in April 2011, the city council voted to follow a model set in Georgia cities Johns Creek and Milton and do some contracting for services and provide others using city employees.[11]

The city voted to award contracts to InterDev, an Atlanta-based computer consulting firm, for information services, and Severn Trent in Pennsylvania, for financial services. Several other departments will be outsourced as well, pending contract agreements expected to be announced in May 2011.


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