CONTACT: Veronica Johannsen, 210-305-0831
SAN ANTONIO (February 26, 2020) — Yesterday, the Innovation and Technology Committee briefed Committee Chair Councilman Peláez on the Open Checkbook initiative, a public-facing financial accountability tool that has gone through significant improvements to make it easier for the public to find information.
The Open Checkbook project is designed as a user-friendly online portal that will give San Antonians instant access to view city payments, billed services, and associated recipients of funds. With a simple click, anyone will be able to see how the City is spending tax dollars.
“Everyone at home has access to their personal bank statements and checkbooks but given the difficulty in viewing, interpreting, and filtering data on the City’s current transparency webpage, it’s not as easy for the public to understand how their local government is spending taxpayer dollars. This updated tool changes that,” Councilman Peláez said.
“When I noticed that other U.S. cities were using a digital tool to make their payments with taxpayer resources more accessible to the public, I prompted City staff to look into improving our own Open Checkbook tool,” he continued.
He added, “As stewards of taxpayer resources, we have a burden not only to direct resources with prudence but also to ensure that there is transparency by making these expenditures visible and easily accessible to the community. For a marginal cost on the front end, the City can make a sustained investment in public transparency, trust, and accountability.”