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: Ordinances and resolutions the Columbia City Council has considered since 1999 are archived and organized in a searchable database.
Why you'd want them: The database allows you to research past issues and plans brought to the council. You can check to see if a resolution they are considering has been talked about before. Residents can research the history of government involvement in their neighborhoods.
Where you get the records: Go to gocolumbiamo.com/Council/Final_Ordinances/search.php. You can either search for or browse ordinances and resolutions.
How much it will cost: The information is free.