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Countryside receives award for online transparency

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 2:45 p.m. CDT

COUNTRYSIDE – Ranking in at No. 14 out of 7,000 units of government in the state, the city of Countryside received a Sunshine Award from the Illinois Policy Institute during its April 9 board meeting.

The city was awarded for its online transparency, which was accomplished by sharing government information online for residents to access.

Countryside scored a 93 percent after being rated in up to six categories, according to Finance Director Steve Drazner. Drazner said receiving the award is a positive achievement for the city.

“Residents can be assured the city is very forthcoming and providing information about city finances, salaries and pretty much anything a taxpayer would want to see,” Drazner said.

While the city was given an 80 percent score about a year and a half ago, Drazner said to achieve the additional 13 points, the city added information on expenditures, employee salaries and the Freedom of Information Act online.

Being transparent allows the public to know how their money is being spent, according to Drazner. He said the city is going to maintain the 93 percent rate and possibly even increase that level in years to come.

“Our elected officials and management are very proud of this achievement,” Drazner said. “The city is doing everything possible to provide taxpayers with important information that affects them.”

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