A report by a public interest group gives Phoenix a "D" for how well the city publicly provides data about city spending and revenues in an online transparency website.
The report, Transparency in City Spending: Rating the Availability of Online Government Data in America's Largest Cities, reviews and grades the nation's 30 largest cities on how effectively they allow the public to track budgets, contracting, subsidies, grants and requests for quality-of-life services. [Click here to read the full report (PDF)]
"Unfortunately, Phoenix doesn't give its residents the same level of detail about city spending that many other major cities provide," said Serena Unrein, Public Interest Advocate for the Arizona PIRG Education Fund.
The grade of "D" reflects that Phoenix lacks a central transparency website with checkbook-level detail on city expenditures. The report recommends making checkbook-level expenditure information accessible in a way that does not require users to read through individual contracts and that the information is downloadable for data analysis.
"Taxpayers deserve to know in detail, not in the abstract, how Phoenix is spending tax dollars," said Dr. Byron Schlomach, the Director of the Goldwater Institute's Center for Economic Prosperity. "It's time to lift the veil on local government spending by placing this information online."
The report comes shortly after the requirement that local governments in Arizona have comprehensive transparency websites operational by Jan. 1, 2013.
Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >
By H. Gilbert Welch, Special to CNN updated 8:12 AM EDT, Fri May 17, 2013Editor's note: H. Gilbert Welch is a professor of medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical PracticeMore >
I first saw the headline early Tuesday on Real Clear Politics, a political news site where I generally start my morning. It's not where I expect to see a story on breast cancer.
Monday, May 20 2013 9:26 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:26:31 GMT
South Windsor police arrested a man after a brutal beating.Police said 48-year-old Gary Wright was arrested after being accused of assaulting a woman in a bowling alley parking lot.Police said the unidentifiedMore >
South Windsor police arrested a man after a brutal beating.More >
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:37 PM EDT2013-05-20 00:37:33 GMT
The remains found in a wooded area in Trumbull on Friday have been identified as missing Eastern Connecticut State University student Alyssiah Wiley. Investigators said the discovery was made along QuarryMore >
State police have arrested 30-year-old Jermaine Richards, of Bridgeport, in connection with the death of missing Eastern Connecticut State University student Alyssiah WileyMore >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:11 AM EDT2013-05-20 09:11:12 GMT
Happy Saturday, Rain is on its way – as expected – but it will not hamper the entire weekend. Early this morning, there will be low clouds, fog and drizzle in many parts of Connecticut. This will haveMore >
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-20 00:43:07 GMT
Posted: May 19, 2013 4:13 PM EDT Updated: May 19, 2013 4:13 PM EDT FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A 21-year-old Fairfield University student from Massachusetts has died after a car crash a day before heMore >
A 21-year-old Fairfield University student from Massachusetts has died after a car crash a day before he was to graduate.More >
Thursday, May 16 2013 3:45 PM EDT2013-05-16 19:45:11 GMT
Police arrested a Toronto woman, who was trying to get into the charity polo match in Greenwich where Prince Harry was playing.According to police, Wen Qi, 36, was trying to enter the Conyers Farms PoloMore >
Police arrested a Toronto woman, who was trying to get into the charity polo match in Greenwich where Prince Harry was playing.More >