Columbia introduces ‘Open Checkbook’ to increase financial transparency

Columbia’s financial dealings are now more accessible to citizens thanks to the Citizen Transparency Portal launched Friday.

The online portal offers access to city expenditures, revenue, vendor payments and payroll data. All of that information was already public record, but the new website is designed to make it more readily available.

Columbia Mayor Brian Treece said Friday that the tool is designed to increase transparency.

“Access to open records in a timely fashion really helps reinforce public confidence and trust from taxpayers in their government,” he said.

Tyler Technologies, a Texas-based company, operates the portal. Records date back to October 2016.

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