COLUMBIA — Most government records are open to the public at no charge. These records give citizens the opportunity to find out what’s going on, how their elected officials are spending tax dollars, how the various departments within a governmental entity work and other valuable information needed to make strong decisions for the future. Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to http://columbiamissourian.com/records.
The records: Columbia Public Schools shows a list of its capital projects funded by bond issues that have been passed since April 2010. It also shows a plan for capital projects for the next 10 years.
Why you'd want them: Bond issues pass by public vote, so it could be helpful to see the plans the district has for building and maintenance projects by school and by year of completion.
Where you get the records: Go to http://www.columbia.k12.mo.us/bondtrack/index.php and look at the table. When you click it, it turns into a PDF for easier viewing. The list of links on the left side allows you to navigate through the master list of projects as well as projects building by building.
How much it will cost: The information is free.