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POLL: Should the Carroll County Website Get an 'A' for Openness?

The Sunshine Review, a website that rates government websites for openness, has upgraded the rating for the Carroll County Government webpage.

The Sunshine Review, a website that rates government websites for openness, recently updated their grade for the site, giving it an  "A-," according to a county press release. 

The current grade was a "C-", applied in 2009, prior to the county's website re-design last year. At the commissioners' request the Sunshine Review recently reevaluated the website following the redesign.

"Since 2009, and especially since December of 2010 when this Board of Commissioners took office, the county has worked diligently to make the website informative and helpful and many of the things that were claimed to be missing have actually been available for years," read the release. 

According to the explanation by Sunshine Review, the county has 10 "good" components to the website, which helped to earn the "A-" rating. The only item listed under the "bad" soction, is the fact that the county website, "does not disclose if belongs to taxpayer-funded lobbying associations."

Carroll County and Montgomery County are the only two counties that received an "A-" ranking. Allegany County is the only county that ranked above the two counties, with an "A+" ranking. 

What do you think? Is the county website "open" enough? Do you think there should be any changes made on the website to make it more transparent? 

Neil Ridgely April 06, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I hear the Commissioners took a vote on making the web site more informative and open. Unfortunately they took the vote in a closed session and unanimously decided against it.
Kate K April 06, 2012 at 02:56 PM
The website does not reflect the sneakiness and meanness of the Board of County Clowns. Watching their antics on Channel 24 is a real eye opener
Jackie Schrenker-Case April 06, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Sunshine Review may give it an A, but the state ethics board wouldn't....FAILING!
Buck Harmon April 07, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I agree Kate....infuriates me...
Buck Harmon April 07, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Sunshine Review must be lost in the clouds with this one..

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