Top 5 Reasons People Say They Don’t Trust Local Government

“A democracy is only as strong as its citizen engagement. For a government of the people, by the people and for the people to work, its citizens must have a clear voice in the issues and decision making. And, governments must be able to clearly and transparently tell their stories in ways that make sense to the public.

In this free eBook, you’ll see how the advent of the digital age is changing the ways governments create and earn trust from their constituents. You’ll discover how online citizen engagement is paving the way to more effective and accountable governing, as well as the pitfalls and best practices of using online citizen engagement methods to achieve that goal.”

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“Citizen engagement is a sacred responsibility in a democracy and the underlying roots that uphold the future of a democratic society.

Introduction

A democracy is only as strong as its citizen engagement.

For a government of the people, by the people and for the people to work, its citizens must have a clear voice in the issues and decision making. And, governments must be able to clearly and transparently tell their stories in ways that make sense to the public.

This is true from federal to state to county to municipality to special district governments. As an elected or appointed government leader, you hold the public’s sacred trust. However, the public’s trust in government is difficult to maintain and always must be earned by those who represent them.

In this ebook, we explore citizen (civic) engagement and how the advent of the digital age is changing the ways governments create and earn trust from their constituents. We will explore how online citizen engagement is paving the way to more effective and accountable governing, as well as the pitfalls and best practices of using online citizen engagement methods to achieve that goal.”

Download this free guide

Source:Citizen engagement best practices to build community trust.
Smart Brief – Local Government (a service of ICMA- International City/County Management Association.
Download the complete Administrator’s Primer to Citizen Engagement today to see how you can save your staff time, better allocate resources, and create the future of a sustainable democracy and healthy community.

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Changes to FOIA policy

The reasonable rights of residents to ask and receive information about how their local government expends their taxes would seem to be a given.

In the majority of local governments, open and transparent 2 way communication between the elected and those who elected them is seen as both a public responsibility of service.

At the July meeting the following was enacted:

  • FOIA Detailed Cost Itemization/FOIA Policy & Summary
  •  A motion was made to change the wording from 15 minutes to one (1) minute increments (where it applies) when charging for a FOIA request for Labor Cost, by Bass, seconded by Johnson. Motion carried.

Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson Ronning, Bair

Nay: none

Absent: Schroeder

  • Second motion to FOIA Detailed Cost Itemization/FOIA Policy & Summary o A motion was made to start new price change immediately on FOIA Detailed Cost Itemization by Bass, seconded by Johnson. Motion Carried.

Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Bair

Nay: none

Absent: Schroeder

Although the audio recording is poor, a proviso was made to have a legal opinion on this matter before instituting.

This cost itemization is now published to the Village web site. http://www.bearlakemichigan.org/foia.html