Edinburg, Texas — The Edinburg City Council recently approved purchasing software to make it easier for any person to request public information.
“Transparency in government should be a hallmark of the City of Edinburg.” Omar Ochoa — Edinburg City Attorney
On Thursday, May 23, 2019, the city council unanimously approved investing $17,850 to purchase computer software and related maintenance services to manage the city government’s public information requests.
“Edinburg’s elected city leadership has had a long commitment to going above and beyond the basic legal requirements. For example, our city government doesn’t just post the agendas for its meetings, it also makes available to the public the agenda packets, which has all the background information,” Ochoa said. “In the late 1990s, the Edinburg Cable Network was created in part to let the citizens of Edinburg see for themselves, without any editing taking place, everything said and done by the mayor and city council during public meetings. Many of the biggest state agencies in Texas were not doing that backthen.”
Ochoa also pointed out that the city government makes video recordings of previous city council meetings available online.
“The video archives are very important. It’s not a requirement under state law, but the city council does it anyway,” said Ochoa. “Our elected leaders are proud of what has been done to be transparent, to be open to the public. This latest step that they are taking to centralize and automate our public information requests is in that direction.”