FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 2, 2017
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‘Checkbook’ Feature on Website Shows Payments to Those Vendors Doing Business with Town
Bosworth: ‘The Town is an open book.’
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board announced today that the Town has recently added a feature from technology provider OpenGov to the NorthHempsteadNY.gov website that will provide a comprehensive report of all payments made by the Town, by year and vendor. This additional feature, called OpenGov Open Checkbook™, will continue to strengthen North Hempstead’s commitment to openness and transparency in government.
The Town launched its modernized website in 2015, which included its first interactive aggregate financial and budget reports powered by OpenGov. With OpenGov, the public can easily analyze, share and compare detailed town budget data in a user-friendly format. The addition of the OpenGov Open Checkbook to the Town’s website makes it even simpler for residents to see checkbook-level spending data, and to follow how each and every one of their tax dollars is spent by their local government. Checkbook data for the years of 2014, 2015 and 2016, up to January 6, 2017, will be available.
“Previously this kind of information was only available by requesting it under the Freedom of Information Act, but will now be easily available and searchable to anyone through the Town’s website,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “The Town of North Hempstead has an obligation to its residents to show them how their tax dollars are being spent, and now through OpenGov the Town is an open book.”
“North Hempstead is a great example of how a town that is committed to open the books to the public can do so efficiently and effectively when they apply the right technologies,” said OpenGov CEO and Co-Founder Zac Bookman. “OpenGov is committed to powering more effective and accountable government, and we will continue to develop software and services that deliver on that mission for towns like North Hempstead.”
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North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth launched the Open Checkbook feature on the Town’s website that will provide a comprehensive report of all payments made by the Town, by year and vendor.
A screenshot from the Open Checkbook feature on the Town’s website.