March 17, 2010

Failing grades for county websites

Not much to be proud of here:

Nevada’s county websites have received a collective grade of “F” from Sunshine Review, a non-profit organization that promotes transparency from both state and local governments.

The grade is part of Sunshine Review’s My Government Website project, which ambitiously aims to evaluate the transparency websites of each city, county, school district and state agency in the nation. The Sunshine Review grades the sites by determining whether each site has adequate information in ten areas: budgets, meetings, elected officials, administrative officials, audits, lobbying, public records, building permits and zoning, public records and taxes.

You can view the results here.

Washoe County received the only passable grade of the bunch with a B minus. Nye County got a C minus and it is downhill after that. Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Humboldt and Lyon counties all got D minuses. Clark, Esmeralda, Eureka, Lander, Lincoln, Mineral, Pershing, Storey and White Pine all got big fat F's.

If the counties receiving F's do any worse next year maybe we'll need to give them the grade of E for "Evading accountability."