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.
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The records: The City of Columbia website publishes health inspection reports for all establishments in Columbia, including restaurants, daycare facilities, nursing homes and schools.
Why you'd want them: The site includes specific description of health violations and past inspection reports of the establishments.
Where you get the records: Go to gocolumbiamo.com and search "restaurant inspection scores." Or go directly to the scores at http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/webapps/cfforms/health/health_inspections.cfm.
How much it will cost: The information is free.