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Kelowna shows its transparency

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The City of Kelowna has won praise for the clear and precise way it accounts for the spending of public money.
Kelowna placed fourth in a ranking of 100 Canadian cities based on their financial transparency and performance conducted by the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.
"That's very good news," Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray said Monday. "Transparency is the basis and the core for public trust in the municipality."
The Frontier Centre, based in Winnipeg, evaluated more than 30,000 common data points to evaluate the relative transparency practiced by Canadian cities.
Kelowna scored 31 out of a possible 33 points, according to the rankings devised by the Frontier Centre. Five of the top 10 cities were in British Columbia.
The lowest ranked B.C. city was Prince George, in 57th place. Full details of the study are available at
Gray noted the city also routinely wins a Distinguished Budget Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada.

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