Alderman Kyle Moore, R-3, is touting Quincy’s recent efforts to make the city’s finances more “transparent” to the average citizen. In the process he’s also giving himself a little pat on the back because Moore is the one who led the charge to get more of the city’s budgetary data posted on the city’s Web site — www.quincyil.gov.
Here’s what Moore had to say in a press release this week:
This past year we have made great strides in the city with transparency and our budget process. Before I was on the council, citizens had no easy access to our current budget and no ability to track spending. If someone wanted to get involved in our budget process, it took many trips to city hall for someone to get the information they needed.
In June, with the help of the Mayor, the City Council, Comptroller Ann Scott and IT Director Jim Murphy, we started to change and modernize our budget process, making it easier for citizens to get involved. The first step we took was placing our current budget online, which also gives the ability to track spending as we do on the City Council. The next step was the creating of a “21 Day Online Public Inspection” Ordinance, which puts into our law that the city must post proposed budgets online 21 days before the City Council votes on the budget.
A few weeks ago, a citizen of Quincy suggested to me that we place our Comprehensive Annual Report from the previous fiscal year online, giving citizens the ability to see how we actually spent their money in the past. I suggested this to Ann Scott last week, and I am happy to report that the 2009 Comprehensive Annual Report is now online. With this step, we have now moved our budget process into the 21st Century. Citizens can now go online and see how we’ve spent their money in the past, how we are spending their money now, and during the budget discussion, see how we are proposing to spend their money. This could not have happened without the hard work and dedication from the people I mentioned above, and I truly thank them for their efforts.