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Under Randolph Voller Pittsboro gets a Grade "D" for open government

By Tom West
Posted Monday, November 7, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - The Town of Pittsboro recently received a grade of D from NCTransparency.com for its overall effort to provide online public access to key financial and employee benefit records.

The transparency website shows that Pittsboro is providing public access to only 3 of the 14 areas that they track.

Available Resources

Annual Financial Information Report
Revenue Report
Transportation Improvement Plan

Unavailable Resources

Checkbook
Budget
Contracts
Future liability for retirees
Health expenses
Capital Improvement Plan
Number of employees
Salaries of employees earning $50,000 or more
Audit reports
Salaries of employees by job code
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Randolph Voller has been mayor of Pittsboro for six years and Pittsboro is only able to rate as high as "D" on open government.

Ooops, I forgot. This is the same Randolph Voller that had a hard time getting his mayoral emails together for a request by the News & Observer -

From chatham-county-nc.com/bulletinboard/index.php/topic,5388.0.html

Mayor Voller e-mail watch
« on: January 11, 2008, 07:03:22 PM »

Read the entire story at blogs.newsobserver.com/orangechat/

Early last week, Pittsboro Town Manager Bill Terry said he would send Mayor Randy Voller's e-mails.

Since then, we have yet to receive any e-mails from the mayor, who ran on an open government platform. I made my original public records request on Nov. 30 and received some e-mails from the mayor.

The N&O requested the e-mails because 1. they are public records. (You too can request public officials' e-mails.) and 2. the N&O looks at mayor's e-mails from most of the towns we cover. The e-mails help us keep up with town business and see what issues citizens are asking the mayor about.

BTW, one last thing. Randolph Voller has requested and does receive the copies of the government emails of Chatham County Commissioners Brian Bock, Walter Petty and Pam Stewart.
Next time you send an email to any of these commissioners, feel free to add a simple little postscript that says "Hi Randy, when can we see your emails?"

 
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