It’s time we insist that groups like management districts, development corporations, tax reinvestment zones, and other quasi, public-private organizations become more responsive to taxpayers. We must demand greater transparency, efficiency, and accountability of these so-called shadow government entities. The rapid expansion of these groups of unelected boards, who in general have the authority to tax, borrow, and spend public money, may well threaten the flexibility and fairness of the allocation of city resources.  I’m disappointed that for many of these groups financial records and meeting minutes are not available online.

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