Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.
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The record: Minutes of the city's board of bids and contracts.
Why you'd want them: To learn more about who the city is doing business with and how much the city is paying for projects such as road improvements and equipment such as vehicles. You can search minutes online as far back as 2004.
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Where you get the records: From the city's Web site, www.wichita.gov. Click on the "City Advisory Boards" link on the right side of the home page and then on the "Board of Bids & Contracts" link.
How much it will cost: The information is free.