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Guest Editorial: Montgomery should use new web site for accountability

WSFA's Ken Hare made a suggestion in his digital only column on WSFA.com last week, and I thought it was an idea worth an on-air editorial.

The City of Montgomery is asking for suggestions from the public on ways to improve the new city website that will launch in October. There's a five question survey on the city website, montgomeryal.gov.

Ken's suggestion was that city officials use that new website as a means to let the public know specifically how their tax dollars are being used -- make it a "pacesetter for public accountability."

Information should include spending reports, expense accounts, details on how discretionary funds are used, the annual budget, audits, meeting attendance and voting records, and so on.

Alabama state government has actually has done a good job making this type of information available online at open.alabama.gov.

City Director of General Services Steve Jones said in a news release, "Our goal is to make something beautiful, easy to navigate and extremely user-friendly."

I say also use it to make city government transparent.

Go take the city's website survey and let them know what you think.

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