Oklahoma cities, counties, school districts fail review of information on their websites

Most local governments in the state failed a nonprofit open government organization's review of the information on their websites, although larger agencies like Oklahoma County and Oklahoma City did well.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Published: October 14, 2012
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Oklahoma City got an A-minus for the second time in a row even though city officials tried to make improvements to get a better grade, city spokeswoman Kristy Yager said.

Oklahoma City's lone deficiency was in lobbying information. Yager said reviewers told city officials they need to do a better job listing government lobbying associations the city belongs to and the dues paid for those memberships.

Yager said the city should have that information online soon, and she is working with City Clerk Frances Kersey to provide even better access to public records on the site.

“As technology has changed, more people rely on the website and prefer to go there to get information and do business,” Yager said. “We have aspirations to completely redesign the website, but it's taking longer than we had expected, so we decided we are going to make improvements to the current website until we can get the new one up.”

Yager said she's not surprised many smaller cities and counties fared poorly in the review. It's easier for a larger city with more staff to maintain a website with the kind of information Sunshine Review was looking for.

“It is expensive,” Yager said. “It takes staff and money to run our website along with a commitment to maintaining the information, which is a huge challenge even for a city our size.”

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