Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.
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The records: The city of Columbia provides a breakdown of how the transportation sales tax is spent every year. The tax funds the airport, roads and buses, among other things.
Why you'd want them: With all of the recent news about airport expansion and changes in transit, you can see which entity is being given priority by the City Council. A major portion of the airport and Columbia Transit budgets comes from this tax.
Where you get the records: Go to GoColumbiaMo.com, click on the "city government" tab. Under "Select a service," click on "financial reports." Under the "budget reports" subhead, click on "FY 2012 adopted budget." The Transportation Sales Tax information begins on page 417.
How much it will cost: The information is free.