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    Transparency Comes to Tiverton

    As a new part of its open government initiative, the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity launched today a new municipal transparency portal in partnership with the Tiverton Taxpayer Association. The local group’s Web site, TivertonFactCheck.org, hosts the Center’s latest interactive module that allows users to filter payroll data — base, overtime, and other pay — for all municipal and school department employees and to view the results in colorful charts and detailed tables. “Open local government is good local government,” said Mike Stenhouse, CEO for the Center. “It can be a real challenge for people already busy with daily lives to find enough time to keep up with local government and all that goes with it,” said Robert Coulter, a driving force behind the taxpayer organization and Tiverton Fact Check.  “People need information and tools to help look at how things are working, and how to make them better.” Tiverton Taxpayers Association expects to add new transparency modules, such as for payments to vendors working for town government, as well as other features, to the site. The Center expects to soon be able to accommodate citizens of any municipality that would like to see a similar service for their cities or …

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