Sunday, February 15, 2004
In this long article which looks to be from 2000 Smart Communities Program: A Local Focus For A National Strategy it says
Local Democracy and Services to Citizens
A municipality-run Internet portal can provide citizens with on-line access to council meetings and transcripts of council decisions as soon as meetings end. On-Line voting in municipal elections will be available, and citizens can have access to discussion sites where public comment is invited on municipal issues currently before council. All municipal permits, taxes and licenses can be paid on-line 24 hours a day.