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Mayor Mike Purzycki Says Wilmington Will Soon Launch a New Online Government Transparency Service for the Public Called OpenGov

Post Date:04/05/2019 12:00 PM

In a bizarre announcement today, City Treasurer Velda Jones-Potter, who fought against the OpenGov platform, ironically claims credit for it 

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Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki said today that his Administration will, within the next few weeks, unveil a new online service called OpenGov, which will enable the public to view and download more information than ever before about City government. The Mayor said the Administration has been adding data to the new site for the past few months and is looking forward to unveiling it soon so citizens will have access to large amounts of government information that they can analyze and share.

Mayor Purzycki said the OpenGov public platform was purchased by the Administration purchased in 2018 for $27,000.  OpenGov uses raw government data to create intuitive charts, graphs, maps, and other visual tools to enhance government transparency and help citizens better understand their government and the services and programs it provides. In addition, the Mayor said OpenGov enables government staff and administrators to use the same data internally to improve decision-making, develop policy, generate ideas and reduce costs.

“OpenGov will assist in a variety of ways as we strive to be a more efficient and accountable government,” said Mayor Purzycki. “Citizens should know more about the inner-workings of their government. OpenGov makes that possible, so that with more information at hand, citizens can form opinions about government policies and laws, as well as programs and services.” The Mayor said he’ll soon hold a news conference to unveil OpenGov and demonstrate the site for citizens.

In a bizarre announcement this morning, City Treasurer Velda Jones-Potter, who thus far has refused to cooperate with the Administration’s efforts to bring OpenGov to the public, ironically claimed any credit whatsoever for doing so. Mayor Purzycki said the Treasurer, who as a courtesy was given access, along with other department officials, to the test site for OpenGov as data was being entered and checked for accuracy before the launch, instead used that access to send citizens a link (which has since been disabled) to an incomplete OpenGov site in an attempt to claim credit for something she had nothing to do with.

Chief of Staff Tanya Washington said Potter-Jones’ announcement today is as strange as her announcement a few weeks ago saying the Mayor was going to raise property taxes when he actually introduced a budget with no tax increase.

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