We are very excited about the award, said County Mayor Randall Hutto. But we still have other steps wed like to take.
The Sunny Awards began in 2010 and recognizes governments that provide information to citizens in a proactive way. This year, editors at the Sunshine Review graded more than 6,000 websites on a 10-point scale.
Editors looked at content available on government sites against what should be provided. They looked for information on budgets, meetings, lobbying, financial audits, contracts, academic performance, public records and taxes.
Hutto said Wilson County received an A grade for its website, which is the highest possible grade. He praised the work of Carol Knight, who works diligently to update the local government site and provide additional information to citizens.
Ive got to praise Carol for the work shes done with our website. This just shows how hard people are working in government, Hutto said.
Hutto said so often people only hear the negative news coming from governments, but said many government employees go unrecognized for the positive work they do for local taxpayers.
He said the award comes at a good time when many people around the country want smaller and more transparent government.
This makes Wilson County look good in the eyes of the rest of the state, Hutto said.
Along with this years awards, the Sunshine Review is launching Sunshine Week on March 11-17, celebrating the efforts and strides taken toward open government.
We at the Sunshine Review are proud to acknowledge those who are doing it right and setting a transparency standard that all governments can, and should, meet, said Sunshine Review President Michael Barnhart.
Hutto noted that Knight was out of town for the past week when this information was released and could not be reached for comment.
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