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: The city keeps an interactive calendar of various task force meetings, committees, boards and other groups around the city.
Why you'd want them: You can find the time and place of meetings you're interested in and see if there are any groups in you want to join. The calendar also is a way to monitor the committees and boards that run the city.
Where you get the records: Go to gocolumbiamo.com/CMS/webcal/index.php?cat=6.
How much it will cost: The information is free.