Accountability and Transparency in Coral Gables

Even though the State of Florida has the strongest of government sunshine laws, there is a culture in the government of Coral Gables of holding back essential information from local citizens. Namely, the Federal Government is in the process of introducing a special website to follow the programs and expenditures of the multi-billion dollar Recovery Program. Why can’t the City of Coral Gables with its much smaller budget provide information on a website of investment and operating outlays and income. So far we have been getting stale information of already executed budgets or projected budgets, but not current outlays and revenues.  This would be a great contribution to citizen participation in government.

About Stephen E. McGaughey
International consultant in economic development programs and projects

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