KAYSVILLE -- The city wants to be more transparent, so to accomplish that goal, City Recorder Linda Ross helped launch a "Government Transparency" tagline on the city's website Friday.
One of the unique features of the site, www.kaysvillecity.com, is the inclusion of Government Records Access and Management Act applications made to the city and the city's original responses to them.
The listing is a commitment by Kaysville city to make information on its daily operations more accessible to residents, said Mayor Steve Hiatt.
"It's right out in the middle, where everyone can see it," he said. "We hope we can lead by example."
Some of the information listed includes the city's crime statistics, annual financial reports, annual audits, building permits and the city budget, as well as GRAMA requests and responses for a running 12-month period.
"We've been working on it for the last couple of months," Hiatt said of the listing, which is patterned to follow the Sutherland Institute model.
The Sutherland Institute is a Utah-based conservative think tank focusing on public policy in the hopes of making the state a better place to live, according to the Sutherland Institute website.
Based on that, Hiatt said, the next time Sutherland Institute representatives review the city's policies and grade it, he expects the city will receive an A+ when it comes to transparency.
Ross said the government transparency tagline comes at Hiatt's request after the city discovered, about six months ago, that the Sutherland Institute had given it a C when it came to transparency.
The government transparency tagline puts the information that is most requested in "one place," Ross said.
Hiatt said Kaysville was also the first city in Davis County to offer a live council video feed over the Internet.