I filed a request for information under the guidelines of the Freedom Of Information Act, and here is what I asked for:
A record of every non-payroll financial transaction for the most recent fiscal year that has been completed, including payee, amount, and which department and/or line item was affected.
I requested the information in electronic format so as to avoid the $.25 per copy charge, but I have been informed that such a format is unavailable.
Lacking the time or know-how to investigate the claim that the city only maintains paper records, and feeling deep-pocketed as a result of being the big winner at a recent poker night, I have agreed to pay the $150 necessary to print the 600 pages of documents.
I will let you know when I have made heads or tails of the information, which will likely be in January.