The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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April 20, 2012

County receives high transparency rating

Friday, April 20, 2012 — Stanly County government is one of 29 counties in North Carolina to attain an A or B rating for government transparency according to the John Locke Foundation’s Transparency NC initiative. The overwhelming majority of counties received a C rating or below. In fact, only seven out of 100 counties achieved an A rating.

Government transparency is defined by how easily citizens can access financial, official meeting information, and other key policy data in order to provide oversight and hold public officials accountable.

NC Transparency was created by the John Locke Foundation to encourage transparency among North Carolina’s municipal, county, school and state governments. The web based transparency ratings enable citizens to access key government related information from each of the aforementioned units of government. The website also identifies information that is not available on government websites.

Stanly County did well in the transparency ratings when compared to the 10 counties statewide that are most similar in population size and financial resources. These counties and their ratings are below:

According to County Manager Andy Lucas, “Stanly County’s B rating demonstrates efforts are being made to be transparent and make information available to citizens. This rating coupled with the county’s recent Government Performance Reporting Trailblazer award validates our commitment to public engagement. At the same time, we remain focused on continuous improvement and will explore cost effective strategies to enhancing transparency moving forward.”

For more information regarding the NC Transparency initiative and to view the ratings of other governmental entities in Stanly County visit www.nctransparency.com.

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