The Bernalillo County Commission this evening approved a new ordinance that makes more information easily accessible to the public.
The commission voted 3-2 this evening on an openness and transparency measure that formally establishes several kinds of documents that are to be placed on the county’s sunshine portal, BernCo View.
The public documents to be placed on the county’s web site include the salaries and names of all county employees. Previously, salaries were available online without staff names, except for directors and other managers.
The salary information will join detailed information about department budgets, union contracts and other items.
“Transparent government is the foundation for good government, and key to stronger relationships with the communities we serve,” says Commissioner Wayne Johnson, who sponsored the measure. “It allows the public to hold elected officials and staff members accountable. The Inspection of Public Records Act defines the information to be added to BernCo View as public information. What we’re doing is removing a barrier to accessing information that is already public.”
Commissioner Johnson has made open government a top priority since taking office in January 2011. Over the past two years, Bernalillo County has made great progress in terms of making more information than ever before accessible to the public via the county’s web site.
Earlier this year, the county’s sunshine portal received an A grade from the national transparency nonprofit Sunshine Review for making public information readily available to taxpayers.
According to Johnson, “Bernalillo County has made great strides on open government issues but we can always do better.”
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