KAYSVILLE -- When it comes to city government websites and the information presented, Kaysville city receives an A+ grade.
The Sutherland Institute of Salt Lake City will present the city with the honor at the Kaysville City Council meeting Tuesday.
"Following (a Feb. 6 Standard-Examiner article), the Sutherland Institute reached out to us unsolicited and informed us because of our hard work, they would like to present Kaysville city with an A+ award for transparency," Mayor Steve Hiatt said.
Kaysville will be the first city in Davis County to receive an A+ grade for the variety of information it makes openly available to the public, said Derek Monson, director of policy for The Sutherland Institute, a conservative public policy think tank that focuses on influencing public policy in Utah.
Monson said city officials went beyond the mark by including more than just budgets, audits and elected city leader contact information on its website, www.kaysvillecity.com.
The standard of measurement in which a city's website is checked is the 10-link transparency list available on Sunshine.org, Monson said.
But Kaysville's website "shot for the moon" by providing 17 links, he said, two of those being utility billing information and crime statistic reports.
"I don't know that any other city has gone to the length of putting out as much information as Kaysville city has," Monson said. "I was really impressed.
"A lot of cities are doing their best to put information out there, but to do it the way Kaysville did it ...," Monson said.
Hiatt said he is "especially proud" of the city's accomplishment.