Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Government Transparency in Virginia: How Localities Compare
The Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy in January released a report that compared local government and their transparency. We discussed it a bit here before but the document is no longer on the TJI site.
Well, as I was cleaning off my desk stacked with paper, I found the report. It is double sided and I do not know how to transfer a double sided document to this blog, so I will just summarize what it says.
The study rates 134 localities, including Spotsylvania County on the degree to which their websites provide fiscal transparency.
“Most localities in our state can do much better,” the report states.
Spotsylvania County ranked 14th, and best in this region. I should note that since we have been dabbling a bit into Fauquier County, that locality ranked 7th.
Arlington ranked 1st, Fairfax County was 2nd and Prince William ranked 3rd.
Westmoreland County ranked last.
I will try to get the PDF up here later so you can see the methodology used for the study.