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Thu January 24, 2013
Kansas City's Report Card Is In
Ever wonder what goes on during a city council meeting? Or how much money was made from parking meters last year? The answers to some questions like these are available to the public online, but every city in the United States differs on how much information they share. MoPIRG is an organization that looks at major metropolitan cities in the country and grades them on how transparent their budget information is to that city's residents.
In terms of this disclosure, MoPIRG gave Kansas City a "C" for the transparency of its budget information. According to Alec Sprague, the Midwest Federal Field Organizer for U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Kansas City got an average rating for a few reasons. One is that it is still an emerging city that doesn't have the tools yet to let its residents have full access to these records. Kansas City could improve its score by centralizing the information to one website, like others cities do, so Kansas Citians are not searching through different department websites to find what they're looking for.