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Boston City Hall Revamps Digital Information

Boston residents can finally keep track of their city government on-line.

City Hall is now posting ordinances and other municipal business the city council is considering on the city's website.

Boston residents no longer have to schlep down to city hall if they want to read a proposed ordinance or check out next year's budget. They won't have to pay the city clerk 50 cents a page for copies either.

New council president Mike Ross says he doesn't know why it took so long to put this public information on the web.

"We didn't go out and hire IBM and re-engineer," Ross says. "Actually there was a pretty good system on-line that you could search and you could look up things."

Ross says existing staff did the work and the the cost was $500 for new software.

This program aired on April 1, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

Bianca Vázquez Toness Twitter Reporter
Bianca Vázquez Toness was formerly a report for WBUR.

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