The Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency, just awarded our new public website www.MyNevadaCounty.com a perfect “A+” score for government transparency. This places Nevada County’s website as the only “A+” rated website across the 58 California Counties. The next two top CA county scores are “A-“ grades awarded to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Nevada County is currently among only 103 “perfect score” government organizations of over 6,000 rated nationwide that have achieved this transparency level.
The Sunshine Review has established 10 subject areas that they believe every public organization should have on-line; budgets, meetings, elected officials, administrative officials, permits & zoning, audits, contracts, lobbing, public records, and local taxes. On our new county website, we created the “Information” navigation wizard option on the front page that easily guides citizens through these 10 categories to the ultimate information source.
From the Sunshine review’s website: “The Sunny Awards recognizes governments that are doing an exemplary job at proactively disclosing information to taxpayers,” said Michael Barnhart, President of Sunshine Review. “There are so many organizations and associations that highlight what is wrong with government. We at Sunshine Review are proud to acknowledge those who are doing it right and setting a transparency standard that all governments can, and should, meet.
For the 2012 awards, Editors at Sunshine Review analyzed more than 6,000 government websites and graded each on a 10-point transparency checklist. Editors looked at content available on government websites against what should be provided. They sought information on items such as budgets, meetings, lobbying, financial audits, contracts, academic performance, public records and taxes. The winners of the Sunny Award all received an “A” grade during the extensive grading process.”