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Va Coalition for Open Government Releases Budget Survey Results

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A nonprofit group has released a report card ranking cities and counties across the commonwealth on how easy it is to find their budgets online.

The Virginia Coalition for Open Government put together the transparency survey looking at how localities compare when it comes to finding out how your money is being spent.

The budget-accessibility scores for central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley are as follows:

  • Albemarle County: C+
  • Augusta County: C+
  • Buckingham County: D
  • Charlottesville: B
  • Culpeper County: B
  • Fluvanna County: A
  • Greene County: F
  • Harrisonburg: B
  • Louisa County: F
  • Madison County: C+
  • Nelson County: D
  • Orange County: A
  • Rockingham County: C
  • Staunton: C
  • Waynesboro: A

"The budget is the most important part of any government because it is the government setting its priorities for spending," said Bob Gibson, a board member for Virginia Coalition for Open Government. "You can't do anything without a budget, so budget is really where the rubber meets the road in terms of local government."

The criteria for grading included how easy it is to find the budget on the websites, how easy it is to read those budgets, and whether people can make comments.

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