Cost Prompts Rejection of On-Line Civic Engagement Project

Jun 7, 2013

Lexington leaders have rejected a web-based project that promised to put more information on city activities into the hands of residents.  The ‘Code for America’ program provides three web-experts who spend a year reworking a city’s software.  Saying current city accounting methods fall short, Council member Ed Lane argued against the new service.

“And that has never met the level of achievement to operate our government efficiently and I think we need to stay on course there and not take on a new project until we have better accounting available,” said Lane.

Proponents like council member Harry Clarke argued the program would make government more efficient, accountable and transparent.

In a close vote, the council rejected funding its half of the 360-thousand dollar project.