Knowledgeable, informed citizens actively participate
in their state and local governments and hold their
governments accountable for the revenues they receive
and the services they provide. Citizens are empowered
and actively engaged in government. As the owners of
government, they have a vested interest in governance,
demanding accountability, effective and appropriate
services, and responsiveness.
Accountable government is effective, efficient, and
responsive government. It addresses the changing needs
of the state and its citizens in an efficient, appropriate,
and equitable manner. It demonstrates sound planning
and fiscal management. It encourages its citizens to
be informed participants in civic affairs and actively
involved in the governing process.
1: Citizens assume an active, informed, and
meaningful role in civic affairs at all levels.
2: State and local governments are accountable
and accessible to all citizens.
3: State and local governments are effective,
efficient, financially sound, and responsive to