In 2010, the Sunshine Review, a 501(c)3 non-profit, pro-transparency organization developed a ten-point transparency checklist to evaluate if government websites proactively and voluntarily disclose information to the public and media.
The following is a list of their recommendations that should be on a Municipal Website and what the Town of Colchester has available.
1. Elected Officials
Information on Elected Officials is available on the Board and Commission pages.
To view elected officials, select Board & Commission on the left pane or Click Here to see a listing of the town Board and commissions
2. Administrative Officials
Information on Administrative Officials is available on the department pages.
To view Administrative Officials, select Departments on the left pane or Click Here to see a listing of the town departments
3. Agendas & Minutes
Minutes and agendas are on the pages for the individual boards or commissions.
To view a summary page, select Agendas and Minutes on the left pane or Click Here to see a listing of the town departments
Budget information is available for the current and past budgets.
To view the current budget or past budget information Click Here
The town has a financial audit annually.
The audit information is available on the Board of Finance page or Click Here to view
Information on tax collection is available on the Tax Collector's page.
The Tax Collector's page can be accessed under Town Departments or Click Here to view.
Information on tax assessment is available on the Tax Assessor's page.
The Tax Assessor's page can be accessed under Town Departments or Click Here to view.
Additional information can be found on the Board of Finance page.
To view the Board of Finance page click Boards & Commissions and then Finance Board on the left pane or Click Here to view.
Current information on Request for Proposals and Request for Qualifications are available on the website.
To view the information click the RFP / RFQ link on the top button labeled Business or Click Here to view
1. Public Records
One of the many jobs of municipal government it to provide access to public records. Public records are available from many sources:
A variety of information on most operations is available on the website. If there is specific information that you are unable to find or think should be displayed in a different manner please feel free to send a comment by clicking Contact Us on the left window pane or Click Here to send a website comment
The GIS Mapping site provides owner information, assessment information, property information and mapping.
The land record information is available online. This information is updated daily and we are in the process of back scanning documents to make those available online as well.
To view information on the Town Freedom of Information request process Click Here
2. Permits & Zoning
Building Department information is available under Departments or Click here
Planning and Zoning information is available under Departments or Click here
3. Additional Resources
To view the State of Connecticut Transparency Site Click Here
Ask a question to town staff
To send a question or comment click Contact Us on the left pane or Click Here