At a recent public meeting, city officials stated several times that the annual report published by the city “is the minimum required by law.”  This is what it looks like. It’s hard to sort through, and really difficult to know what the expenses are for, since only a vendor name is listed:



In contrast, not too far away, in Carthage, the city has decided to do a little more, and publishes an annual report with more detail.  Not only is it easier to read, but the purposes of most transactions are included with the expense or revenue item:



And finally, our neighbors in Burlington can go even further.  Not only do they not wait for the annual report to be published once a year, but they can access detailed financial information about their city, at any time:

Click on the image to go directly to the Burlington site and browse their data on your own.



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