Citizen Access

The purpose of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and sunshine laws are to increase the openness of government.

On a national level, the federal Freedom of Information Act was signed into law on July 4, 1966 by President Lyndon Johnson. On a local level, each state has its own open records legislation that governs documents at the state and local (cities, counties, school districts) level.

The following are subject to FOIA:

Fiscal Year 2019 Employee Compensation Packages in excess of $75,000 - The current budgeted employee compensation packages in excess of $75,000 in compliance of Illinois Public Act 097-0609.

Total Compensation Packages by employee are available for FY 2010, FY 2011, FY 2012, FY 2013, FY 2014, FY 2015, FY 2016, FY 2017, FY 2018

Public Meetings, Agendas and Minutes - The current City Council Agenda along with Past Agendas, Audio Recordings, Minutes, Hearings and listings of all Public City Meetings can be found on the Public Meetings Page.

Budgets / Audits - The City of Carbondale displays the current operating budget and the previous years' audited financial statement in the Financial Overview Section of this website. Questions regarding City Finances may be addressed to the Finance Director at 618-457-3269.

Online Check Registry - The Mayor and City Council approve all expenditures for the City of Carbondale. Multiple expenditures are compiled into groups referred to as warrants. Warrants are approved for payment during regular City Council meetings. A registry of the current and previous fiscal year warrants can be found here.

Open Meetings Act (OMA) - The City of Carbondale falls under the provisions of the Illinois Open Meetings Act. All Council and subsidiary board, commission, and committee meetings are open to the public. Notice of the meetings is provided to the news media at least 48 hours in advance. Upcoming meetings are also published on CityVision 16 and on the City's website calendar. Questions regarding the Open Meetings Act may be addressed to the City Clerk at 618-457-3281.

Elected Officials - All elected officials' names and contact information may be found on the City Officials page.

Administrative Officials - All administrators' and managers' contact information is displayed in the City Staff Directory.

Ethics - The City of Carbondale promotes itself and does business following a code of ethics found in the Carbondale Revised Code.

Contracts / Bids - For more information on contracts, bids, and open market procedures, see sections 1-6-13 and 1-6-14 in the Carbondale Revised Code. Questions regarding contracts and bids may be addressed to the City's Purchasing Coordinator at 618-457-3231. A list of awarded bids can be found at www.explorecarbondale.com/bids.

The City of Carbondale negotiates five contracts with bargaining units and has one Non-Barganining Unit within the City employee structure. To view these contracts, visit the City's Bargaining and Non-Bargaining Contracts web page.

Lobbying - The Mayor and City Council monitor legislation at the local, state, and federal levels to stay abreast of issues that may affect the community. The Mayor is the official spokesperson in all political and legislative affairs for the City.

The City of Carbondale is a dues-paying member of numerous associations that may conduct legislative advocacy initiatives at the state and/or federal levels. These associations include the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities and the Illinois Municipal League.

Public Records - The City of Carbondale falls under the provisions of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Persons wishing to view or obtain copies of City records should submit a written request to the City Clerk's Office either by mail at P.O. Box 2047, Carbondale IL 62902-2047, by fax at 618-457-3283 or by e-mail. The City has five working days to provide the records; however, certain records are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, in which, the requestor will be provided an explanation of the denial.

Forms / Applications / Permits - A complete listing of Forms and Applications as well as City Permits for the Building and Neighborhood Services Division, can be found online.

Zoning - Questions about zoning can be addressed to the Development Services Department. More information can be found on our website

Taxes - The City of Carbondale collects various taxes and fees (i.e. sales tax, utility tax, user and registration fees) to fund the general operation of the government. The City is one of only a few in Illinois that does not collect property tax for general government purposes. Information concerning the revenue sources of the City of Carbondale may be found in Section III - Major Revenue Sources of the Annual Budget. A breakdown of applicable taxes can be found in the Supplemental Section.

Municipal Code - The Carbondale Revised Code is maintained by Sterling Codifiers. Once a City Ordinance is amended or added, the City Clerk's Office submits changes to be codified.

Privacy - The City has created a Privacy Policy in order to demonstrate our firm and continuing commitment to the privacy of personal information. We hold the privacy of your personal information in the highest regard. 

Public Service Announcements - The City of Carbondale utilizes social media, Daily News and Press Releases, CityVision 16, and the Carbondale Police Department to help keep citizens informed.

Website Development - This website was designed under contract with The Arthur Agency, as approved by the City Council, at a cost of $15,915.

 

 

 

 
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