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ARPA funds should improve transparency

In “managing” redevelopment of the Mystic Oral School property, Town of Groton officials have displayed an amazing inclination to deceive and generally jerk around the general public. When the town manager is swamped with FOIA requests from citizens seeking relevant information, you know you have a transparency problem as well.

With the town slated to receive $8.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act coronavirus recovery funds, the mandarins of town hall now promote togetherness by magnanimously asking residents to suggest ways to spend the money. In response to that solicitation and in the spirit of improving credibility of our government, I propose the new town council use some of those funds to build an interactive database into the town’s new “online engagement website” using the State of Connecticut’s OpenBudget portal as a model. Doing so would allow users to track expenditure of recovery funds and create a pilot program for enhanced transparency in all town spending.

R.A. Voyer

Mystic

 

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