City to launch online portal for public to track spending

The City of Atlanta will launch “Open Checkbook” in the coming months, an online portal that will allow the public to access city budgets, expenditures, salaries, contracts and business with city vendors.

“I am very pleased and excited that Atlanta is moving toward an online checkbook process that will advance our goals of transparency. This has been an issue of great importance to me for over four years,” said Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore. “The public should celebrate their ability to view their money and how it is being spent online in a searchable and downloadable way. I’m excited Atlanta will move forward with being transparent and I’m hopeful we will soon find ourselves among the top cities that have made this very important issue a priority. I want to commend the mayor for her leadership on this issue and I applaud the mayor’s initiative.”

Open Checkbook has been used by other governments including Dallas, Austin, Washington D.C., New York and Massachusetts.

The announcement was made in the wake of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms asking for the resignation of her entire cabinet. The mayor indicated she would decide soon whose resignation she would accept and who would be asked to stay. Bottoms said during the press conference announcing the launch of Open Checkbook that she had made no decisions yet.

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