The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA, pronounced "FOYA") has created the springboard for residents to request data from any level of government. Not all documentation can be disclosed with the public, but FOIA Requests are the place to start.
Can I help by making requests?
If you have successfully made a FOIA request through a service like Muckrock, the URL of the completed request is a Data Source. Submit it, and the rest of the community will thank you!