West Valley City Transparency Standard
As elected officials of West Valley City, we pledge the following points as we define a standard for ourselves as the most open and transparent government in Utah:
West Valley City has a long and rich history of being more open than state GRAMA laws require, and this tradition will continue. Texts, instant messages, and other electronic communications will still be considered public documents in our city.
We will continue to make government employee salaries and wages, and who those wages are going to, public, and feel that the people should know what they are paying those who work for them.
The Mayor and Council’s schedule of public events shall be made public and posted on the city website.
All city elected officials on Facebook commit to keep their privacy settings as “open” so that in this popular social media setting their conversations will be public.
Because transparency is especially critical in campaign finances, we will change the “may” to a “shall” in our ordinances, so that those who fail to submit their campaign financial disclosures on time shall be removed from the ballot.
Occasionally the taxpayer is stuck footing the bill for large GRAMA records requests such as when a developer in 2004 required West Valley City to conduct a records gathering job that consumed $30,000 for which the city was only able to collect $10,000. We appreciate the Utah Legislature working on developing reasonable charges as part of the state GRAMA program that protects both the taxpayer and the right of the free flow of information in a free society.
We have worked with the Sutherland Institute to meet all ten of their recommendations for an open and transparent municipal website, becoming one of the first cities in the state to receive an A+ rating.