More Salary Data Posted

16 08 2016

New salary data is posted on Utahs Right for seven Utah cities, three school districts and two counties as well as the interlocal Unified Police Department.
Data for Fiscal Year 2015 is now searchable for the municipalities of Bountiful, Fruit Heights, Manti, Panguitch, Salina, South Ogden and West Jordan.  The same goes for Garfield, Logan and Wasatch school districts, as well as Piute County.
Salary data on Utahs Right for Iron County, meanwhile, is current through Fiscal Year 2014, while data for the Unified Police Department is for Fiscal Year 2016.





Updates for State Agencies

10 08 2016
New salary data is posted on Utahs Right for 42 separate agencies in Utah state government. Data for Fiscal Year 2015 is now searchable for thousands of public employees in the executive, legislative and judicial branches.




More Cities, Towns, School Districts

5 08 2016

New salary data has been posted on Utahs Right for 21 Utah cities and towns and three school districts.

Data for Fiscal Year 2015 is now available on the municipalities of Blanding, Clearfield, Duchesne, Farr West, Francis, Garden City, Grantsville, Green River, Gunnison, Helper, Holladay, Huntington, Kaysville, Levan, Milford, Moroni, Nephi, Orem, Richmond, Smithfield and West Valley City.

In addition, FY2015 data is also posted for the Cache, Millard and Unitah School Districts.





Updates on Charges and Divorces

4 08 2016

New data has been posted on Utahs Right from the Utah Courts, bringing criminal charges and divorces listed on the site current through mid-June 2016. Those searches cover records from Utah District Court back to 1997.

There are now 792,245 separate records in the charges database and 386,557 divorce records, counting both petitioners and respondents.





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 http://1.usa.gov/1d2Jgzv. 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.








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