20Jun/16

It’s Your Turn

As we quickly approach the city wide elections in August we wanted to take some time to reflect on our group’s efforts from the past few months. Our group was started as Take Back Enterprise in early 2015. We were formed as a nonprofit and nonpartisan group with the sole mission of educating the citizens of Enterprise about the need to bring open government to our city. Open government is about having transparency, collaboration, and participation between the elected government and its citizens. As a part of this mission we have requested numerous things from our elected politicians. Some of these requests have been granted (please read our previous blogRead More…

16Apr/16

What’s In a Name?

It was just over a year ago when Take Back Enterprise got it’s start. Our group started as an effort to make all the citizens in Enterprise aware of the growing concern among many that Enterprise was headed in the wrong direction and that the political establishment wasn’t interested in listening to the concerns of many of the citizens in our town. By all appearances, they had their own agenda and it didn’t appear to serve the best interest of the community. While we have stated repeatedly that we felt Enterprise is and has been a great community to live, work, and raise a family in, we have also beenRead More…

11Feb/16

Our Response – Part Three (the city resources defense)

…this is part three of a three part response. For part two please click HERE and part one click HERE. We recently visited the Enterprise City Council meeting on Tuesday 1/19/16 to find out why they had denied our requests to release the city’s financial data in Excel format, which they readily admit they are capable of doing. We also wanted to know why they felt $7500 was a “reasonable” fee to charge for such data even though it shouldn’t consume near that much in city resources to produce. You can read more about our visit HERE and watch a video of our address to the council HERE. The cityRead More…

31Jan/16

Our Response – Part Two (the manipulation defense)

…this is part two of a three part response. For part one please click HERE. We recently visited the Enterprise City Council meeting on Tuesday 1/19/16 to find out why they had denied our requests to release the city’s financial data in Excel format, which they readily admit they are capable of doing. We also wanted to know why they felt $7500 was a “reasonable” fee to charge for such data even though it shouldn’t consume near that much in city resources to produce. You can read more about our visit HERE and watch a video of our address to the council HERE. The city has formulated a three partRead More…

24Jan/16

Our Response – Part One (the legal defense)

If you haven’t heard, we visited the Enterprise City Council meeting on Tuesday 1/19/16 and asked why they had denied our requests to provide the city’s financial information in Excel format (they have since admitted they are fully capable of producing documents in this format). In addition we wanted to know why they wanted to charge us $7500 for the documents even though it shouldn’t require much effort or expense to produce. You can read more about the meeting HERE and watch the video of the meeting HERE (this is a new, audio-enhanced version that has been edited to only include our address). The city has formulated a three part defense forRead More…

19Jan/16

Are we Really Transparent Enough?

Well it’s been a while since we’ve said much.  Rest assured we have been hard at work collecting some interesting data through public records requests.  You may recall that the last time we approached the Mayor and the City Council and asked for increased transparency we were told that the city was already “transparent enough” and that the council had decided not to invest in financial transparency software that would provide information to the citizens that they have a right to access.  Instead they said that anyone needing information should “just ask” and of course pay up. We took them up on their offer.  We have asked for several piecesRead More…

03Nov/15

It’s Starting to Heat Up

It seems like the political season here in Enterprise is revving up a little early this time around.  Recently two candidates have announced the start of their campaigns. In District 2, Eugene Goolsby announced he would be running for the current city council seat held by Tommy Johnson, Jr.  In his campaign announcement, Goolsby said that a “new voice” might be a good thing for the citizens of Enterprise.  Take Back Enterprise doesn’t officially support any candidates, but we are glad to see that at least one citizen has decided to get involved in the political process to at least provide a “different” voice.  Take a look at the articleRead More…

11Oct/15

More Progress…

On Tuesday, October 6th another step in the right direction was made by our city’s elected officials.  For months now we have been asking the city for several things that would bring about increased transparency, collaboration and participation.  Among those requests were that more minutes of council meetings, work sessions, and other official meetings be posted online for easy access by the public.  We have asked for increased financial transparency in the form of inexpensive software that would post more accurate up-to-date information about the city’s financial activities online.  We have also asked for the current budget with amendments to be posted online for the citizens to see.  Another requestRead More…

24Sep/15

Open Letter to all City of Enterprise Employees

In his written response to our request to meet with the City Council, Councilman Al Miller stated that in our efforts to bring open government to Enterprise we were “challenging” all the city employees.  In response to that we have written a letter to all city employees.  Please take the time to read this and share it with any employees of our city.  We want to make sure we are clear about what our mission is and how it also benefits the employees of our city.  They work hard to make our city a great place to live and we want them to know that we appreciate them. Click HereRead More…

10Sep/15

We are Making Progress!

At the last City Council meeting we made a statement to the Council and the Mayor in which we requested three things.  We requested that the Council and Mayor meet with us in a work session, that they post the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016 on the city’s website and that they budget $10,000 for financial transparency software. As many of you know by now, we received a resounding “No” to our request to meet with the Council in a work session.  However, we are making progress on other fronts. They did listen to us on our request to post the proposed budget on the city’s website.  We wereRead More…