Hat tip to roving reporter and Madison native Steve White!
I've grumbled previously about the relative lack of information on the Lake County website. (Let's get some meeting minutes up... and commissioners! Start blogging! You too, Ken!)
But hey, at least Lake County has a website. The Sunshine Review*, a collaborative volunteer program analyzing government transparency, finds 43 out of 66 South Dakota counties don't even have a website. Most of the 23 South Dakota counties that do have websites are sorely lacking in information on the budget, taxes, audits, and contracts, all the sorts of financial data citizens need to know to keep their elected officials accountable.
Put all of South Dakota's counties together, and as a state we rank 27th in the nation, scoring only a 25.35% on the Sunshine Review's transparency scale. Looks we have some work to do all around!
*I note with mild suspicion that the Sunshine Review is sponsored by the Sam Adams Alliance. The Sunshine Review is an interesting and useful project... but the Sam Adams folks also brought us the embarrassing (but thankfully unsuccessful) SD Shovel.
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