Spending Transparency

SpendingMontgomery Initiative Lets Residents Check on County’s Expenditure

The Montgomery County government launched a website on Dec. 19 that allows residents to check on how the county spends money.

Spending TransparencyAt spendingMontgomery, taxpayers can browse on categories such as “the biggest spenders,” “payment details,” and “the most expensive items.”

“The new spendingMontgomery initiative is a groundbreaking application of the open data vision, and I applaud the County Executive and his team for bringing it forward,” said Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer.

According to a press release, Riemer is the council’s lead member for digital government and the chief sponsor of the legislation that created an open data policy.

“This is the kind of innovation in government services that I hoped would result from establishing both an open data policy and a strong collaboration with the executive branch to implement the vision. … This level of financial transparency will set a new standard for government organizations,” Riemer said.

According to a press release, here are some of the key highlights about the spendingMontgomery initiative:

• Guided view of all the payments made by the County
• Ability to search payments based on category, amount, recipient and more
• Graphs, charts, and other visuals that make help make sense of data

Click here to find out more.


Aline Barros

About Aline Barros

Aline Barros is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at Abarros@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter at @AlineBarros2.


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