City Councilwoman Amy Murray last week made a smart good-government and political move by introducing an ordinance mandating tougher transparency rules for nonprofit organizations that receive city money.
Council passed the ordinance, which allows the city to take a closer look at the boards and budgets of the non-profits. It also requires nonprofits to live up to performance measurements for the taxpayer money provided.
Murray promised to call for greater transparency in October, when she was upset about several organizations seeking a handout from a $1.75 million budget surplus without providing many details about how they planned to spend the money.
Something like this was long overdue. You’d think the city would’ve learned from the Mahogany’s fiasco years ago. (Yes, we realize that was a for-profit business, but a handout is a handout.) But no complaint here about tougher transparency rules.