What is Transparency in Local Government & How Does Lake Lure Rank?

What is a Transparency Initiative?

Applied to government, this means citizens should be able to see how their tax money is used by elected representatives. In the age of the Internet and digital technology, citizens are calling on their state, local and national governments to provide access to the basic information they must have in order to make decisions as responsible citizens. It is, therefore, our initiative to keep the citizens of Lake Lure informed and up to date.

With the town's newly designed website, Lake Lures score has been updated to an A (from a B).  There are only six municipalities across the state that have achieved this rating, so Lake Lure is now in the the top 1 percent.

"We strive to be extremely open and accurate in all of our publications in order to inform our citizens and to maintain their trust and confidence," said Town Manager, Chris Braund." This is the result of a team effort across many departments."

The John Locke Foundation, while not a governing entity, is a leader in guiding governments toward greater transparency. They have created a specific transparency website to connect citizens to important information available online about state agencies, counties, school systems and municipalities. The John Locke Foundation also lists a number of baseline documents and reports, which should be available to citizens and provides a grade for government entities based on the amount of information provided and the ease of accessibility.

Recommended baseline documents for municipalities include the following:

Annual Financial Information Report

10 points

Audit Reports

05 points

Budget

10 points

Capital Improvement Plan

10 points

Checkbook (Sample)

10 points

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report


10 points

Contracts

10 points

Future Liability for Retirees

05 points

Health Expenses

10 points

Number of Employees - Lake Lure has 33 full-time employees

05 points

Revenue Report

10 points

Salaries of employees by job code

05 points

Salaries of employees earning $50,000 or more

05 points

Please note that the Town of Lake Lure continually strives to enhance its transparency to citizens and thus improve our grade by adding the resources that once were shown as unavailable online.