ProJo: City commission urges accountability via Web

In Government, Technology by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

The group’s report, recently received by the City Council, proposes the following: an online tracking tool for council member votes; interactive budget information for the previous 10 years; and streaming important meetings live on the city’s website, providenceri.com.

“It is no secret that Providence city government has not always been a beacon of accountability and transparency to city residents,” the report’s conclusion read.

“And while City Hall has come incredibly far,” the commission says Providence officials have to continue developing a government that is “fully accountable” to its residents.

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  1. Would be fairly simple to implement. I should charge the city say $25K to build out a system that tracks the votes and record the video!

  2. I was surprised to recently learn this information was not already available online. I was attempting to find the voting records for Council members on a recent resolution, and could not. There were published vote tallies, but not a who-voted-how record. The minutes from the meeting had not even been posted yet, and it was weeks prior. So, I guess I would say: it’s about time.

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