Transparency Report Card

Please see the details below the chart for how these scores are calculated.

Raw Transparency Score
Transparency Grade
Ada Township16B
Algoma Township16B
Alpine Township8C
Bowne Township4F
Byron Township11C
Caledonia Township8C
Cannon Township12C
Cascade Township12C
City of Cedar Springs15B
City of East Grand Rapids16B
City of Grand Rapids21A
City of Grandville14B
City of Kentwood14B
City of Lowell12C
City of Rockford11C
City of Walker16B
City of Wyoming22A
Courtland Township9C
Gaines Township14B
Grand Rapids Community College16B
Grand Rapids Township11C
Grattan Township9C
Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid)9C
Kent County Government19B
Kent County Land Bank Authority7D
Kent Intermediate School District15B
Lowell Township9C
Nelson Township7D
Oakfield Township4F
Plainfield Township15B
Solon Township6D
Sparta Township7D
Spencer Township4F
Tyrone Township7D
Vergennes Township7D
Village of Caledonia15B
Village of Casnovia3F
Village of Kent City7D
Village of Sand Lake3F
Village of Sparta8C

Calculating Transparency Scores

Each local government in Kent County was scored based on a list of attributes that an open government should offer on its web site. There are a maximum of 24 points. The attributes are below:

  • Meeting agendas
  • Archived agendas
  • Board member packets
  • Archived packets
  • Meeting minutes
  • Archived minutes
  • Current budget
  • Archived budgets
  • Annual audit
  • Archived audits
  • Board/Commission member names
  • Board/Commission member contact information
  • Freedom of Information Act dedicated page
  • Freedom of Information Act policy or form
  • Searchable web site
  • Videos of board meetings
  • Archived videos of board meetings
  • Online checkbook register
  • Online union/labor agreements
  • List of top adminsitrative staff salaries
  • Appointed committee members' names
  • Appointed committee meeting agendas and minutes
  • Online charter
  • Online ordinances

You can view the entire spreadsheet with the raw individual scores for each municipality in PDF form by clicking here.

We spent a lot of (volunteer) time putting this together and we make every effort to make this list accurate. But, due to the fact that each web site is different and many are difficult to navigate to find all of the items in the above list, we may have missed an item or two. If you find an error, please use our contact page to let us know. We want this list to be accurate and informative.