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Chatham County offers open government information on website

Posted Monday, May 9, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Chatham County now offers quick access to an array of “open government” resources under a new tab on the county’s homepage: www.chathamnc.org. The Open Government tab is located immediately under the photos on the homepage.

“We made it a top priority to compile several open government resources already available and to ask professional staff to provide additional resources online,” said Commissioner Chairman Brian Bock. “We also wanted the link to the resources to be easy to find, so you are just one click away on the homepage.”

New resources added to the website recently include monthly checkbook register statements and proposed/adopted county resolutions and agreements. The open government section also includes new links to several helpful statewide reports, such as the latest study of salaries of key positions in all 100 counties (from the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill) and most recent state revenue reports for all counties.

Several resources have been available on the county website for a while, but the Open Government tab provides a quick way to find them, including the most recent adopted county budget, annual audit reports, five-year capital improvement plans, a form to sign up for email notices from the county, a form to sign up for public hearings or public input at commissioner meetings, commissioner meeting minutes, county positions by department (part of the annual budget) and other resources.

Bock urges residents to sign up for enotices to stay updated on county meetings, events or news. “People who have email and want to stay informed can sign up for just one or two items or an array of things on the enotices signup page.”

As a tip, when signing up for enotices make sure that your email account does not block email from webmaster@chathamnc.org . “If you don’t take this step, the confirmation email will not be received and your subscription will not be completed,” said Debra Henzey, who serves as the county’s webmaster.

“This is a work in progress as we will be adding more resources to the website, such as major county contracts, county job positions by salary code and videotapes of commissioner meetings posted a few days after the meetings,” said Henzey. “Continue to check back periodically to see what we have added.”

 
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