How transparent is your local town website? Help the USA Today network report on this for Sunshine Week 2017, March 12-18.
These questions help grade how close your local town/municipal website is to current best practice. Go to your local government website and answer these questions as best you can, adding more information if you are interested. These standards are based on criteria identified in a report called Municipal Website Design and Security prepared by the Digital Towpath Cooperative.

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What site did you visit? Please identify your destination site and share the link.
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How would you describe your overall experience of the website you visited?
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Does the website include public meeting information: date, time, location, agenda?
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Does the website contain minutes: last meeting and archived minutes?
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Does the website show the current municipal budget?
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Does the website display bulletins & public notices?
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Does the website enable you to subscribe to email alerts?
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Does the website enable you to download forms from the site?
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Does the website contain current contact information including phone and email addresses?
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Does the website include the name of the person who is in charge of fulfilling open records and FOIL requests, along with contact information and instructions on how to make the request?
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Does the website have search capability?
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If you are a person living with a disability, was the website compliant with the American with Disabilities Act? (Were you able to use your screen reader on the site, for example?)
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Does the website enable online services including a. Bill payment? b. Property assessment lookup? c. Online permit processing? d. Geographic Information System (GIS)? e. A way to request access to birth/death/marriage records?
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Is there anything else you'd like to tell us?
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Would you be willing to talk to a reporter about this? Please share your name and contact details if you are. This is not required.
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