GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Transparency helps build trust between businesses and customers, news outlets and viewers, and Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan wants more of it among the city council.
She wants councilmembers to sign an ethics form to share information about personal and financial records with the public.
"I think it's necessary just to give people an idea of what our relationships are throughout the community," said Vaughan.
So, she's taking another step with the new Economic Interest Disclosure Form (attached to the left of this article). It asks councilmembers about real estate assets, former positions with non-profit groups and other topics. The form is modeled after an ethics form used in the state legislature.
For Vaughan, the current form just doesn't cut it.
"Well, it was really watered down," she said. "All it talked about was the property we owned in the city. And, we're so much more than the property we own. It's the boards and commissions that we sit on, and I think that those were important for people to know."
If the city council decides to use the new form, filling it out it will still be voluntary; however, Mayor Vaughan says she hopes councilmembers will comply if the council does vote to move forward with the form.
See Draft of new disclosure form
The council will discuss the new ethics forms at its first January meeting.
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