More City Salary Data Updated

19 03 2015

The latest available city employee salary data is now posted on Utahs Right for 22 additional Utah cities and towns.

Data for the municipalities of Duschesne, Enterprise, Ferron, Hurricane, Hyde Park, Kanab, Midway, Moab, Oakley, Parowan, Payson, Perry, Richmond, Santaquin, Smithfield, Springdale, Springville, Vernal, Vineyard and Wellington is up to date through Fiscal Year 2014.

Salary data for Farr West reflects Fiscal Year 2013.

New City Salary Data

17 03 2015

Users can now find updated salary data for a variety of Utah cities, including Francis, Green River, Kamas, Lindon, Nephi, North Salt Lake, Roosevelt, Santa Clara, Spring City, Tremonton and Wellsville.

Most of these municipalities are now current through Fiscal Year 2014. The cities of Francis, Santa Clara and Spring City display salary, benefits and other compensation data for FY2013, the most current they’ve provided as yet to state officials.

Nephi’s salary data is for Fiscal Year 2015.

New UtahsRight Updates

24 02 2015

The Salt Lake Tribune has posted new data to dozens of top Utahs Right databases, including the latest salary information reported to the state for FY2014 by several local governments.

Top updates include databases for many major cities and counties in Utah, as well as the largest school districts and leading colleges and universities. New salary data is also available for state agencies and for members of both the Utah Senate and Utah House of Representatives and supporting staff.

Additional updates are expected shortly to criminal charges and divorces, as well.

Speak up for government transparency

5 03 2014

Want to know how your water district or local housing authority is spending your money? Citizens might have to demand accountability from these agencies to get the answers.

Utah State Auditor John Dougall has released a list of 53 local government entities that are late in filing annual budget and financial reports, which show how taxpayer money was budgeted and how it was actually spent. The late reports span 2003 to 2012 and total more than 200.

In many cases, the auditor’s office can withhold funds until the reports are updated. Some local government agencies do not get state-allocated funds or property taxes but still are among the nearly 1,000 entities — including cities, counties and special-service districts — required to file reports.

A  list of the 53 delinquent filers can be found at The auditor’s office is encouraging Utah taxpayers to ask these government agencies about their late reports and the money they are unable to spend because of their tardiness.

Utahn of the Year asked tough questions to shine a light on alleged abuses of power

30 12 2013

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has worked for the past year to uncover the truth about two high profile cases — the shooting death of Danielle Willard by West Valley City detectives and allegations of influence peddling by former Utah Attorney General John Swallow and his predecessor, Mark Shurtleff.

Gill has been criticized by the detectives’ attorneys and a Republican party official for his investigation of the West Valley case. His response: “At the end of the day, it is the facts and the evidence at hand that drive the situation. Nobody is above the law.”

His efforts led The Salt Lake Tribune to name Gill its Utahn of the Year

“Sim Gill is just doing his job,” Terry Orme, The Tribune’s editor and publisher, wrote. “But it is a very tough job, a very important job — one that has profound bearing on how people in power in Utah conduct themselves, one that demonstrates to all that justice will be served for all.”

Utah journalist organization backs request for release of school security recording

10 12 2013

The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has filed a court brief supporting the disclosure of a recording from a Canyons School District security camera.

Roger Bryner requested security footage of a scuffle involving his son and another student under the state Government Records Access and Management Act. The district denied the request, contending that the recording was an education record and protected from disclosure under the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Bryner challenged the denial in Utah’s 3rd District Court, which ruled that the recording was an education record. The father appealed the decision to the Utah Court of Appeals, where SPJ filed its friend-of-the-court brief on Dec. 4.

“If the school district is allowed to shield itself by incorrectly claiming surveillance camera footage is the same as a test or grading record, then the public school system can’t be held accountable for keeping students in public schools safe,” Sheryl Worsley, Utah Headliners president and KSL Newsradio news director, said in a written statement.

Salt Lake Tribune uses UTA data to pinpoint crime

27 11 2013

After a long legal battle, The Salt Lake Tribune obtained data from the Utah Transit Authority as part of a countywide crime-mapping project.

After the newspaper won a ruling from the State Records Committee saying the data was public and should be provided free, the agency filed suit to reverse that decision. The suit claimed, in part, that UTA could not access the data because it was stored inside a third-party vendor database.

A settlement last month led to release of the data, which was used in a Sunday story that looked at the types of crimes committed along bus and TRAX lines in 2012. Among the findings: Passengers are more likely to be exposed to crime along bus lines but UTA reported only a handful of the most serious offenses, such as aggravated robberies and aggravated assaults.


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