Wednesday December 2, 2009
New feature added to “Your Tax Dollars at Work” website
With a few clicks, Louisville residents can now see exactly how city government is spending their tax dollars, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today. City expenditures for thousands of items and services can be found on the new “Louisville Checkbook.”
“We have made it simple for citizens to see exactly how their tax dollars are being spent,” Abramson said. “From tires to emergency radios and police uniforms to the $691,000 we’ve spent on salt for the roads this year, it’s all available to see.”
The easy-to-use tool allows residents to search city spending several ways including by agency, vendor or category. Users can search city spending for the past several years. Information on the web pages is updated weekly.
Abramson noted that just as individual or family checkbooks generally don’t provide detail for every check or expense, the city’s expenditure search tool also does not provide a detailed explanation for each expenditure, so users should keep that in mind when interpreting the information.
Louisville Checkbook was developed by Louisville-based Net Tango, Inc., which provided its services at no cost to the city. Click here to visit Louisville Checkbook.
Earlier this year, the Metro Council approved, and Abramson signed, an ordinance providing for additional financial information on the city’s website.
In recent years, the city’s website has added information and features designed to increase transparency, including:
- The city’s current and previous budgets in detail
- A new portal – Your Tax Dollars at Work – providing easy-to-find-and-understand information about the city’s budget and financial system
- All city government employee salaries
- “Louisville at Work” – which tracks federal stimulus spending and projects in Louisville
- Members of all city boards and commissions, how much they are paid and other information
- All city government audits
The city’s website has consistently been ranked among the top city websites in the nation by the Center for Digital Government, earning a Top 4 ranking for four consecutive years in the “Best of the Web” competition. Also, Louisville Metro Government was recently ranked 3rd among all cities in using technology to serve citizens in the Digital Cities Survey.