City Website Now Features Spending Records

by Gabe Bullard on December 2, 2009

Louisville Metro Government has updated its website in accordance with an e-transparency ordinance passed in April.

The ordinance calls for spending records to be put online. As a result, the city’s website now features a searchable database of expenditures going back two fiscal years. Mayor Jerry Abramson says the city’s website previously offered some budget information, but the ordinance called for more data to be put online in a more organized manner.

“You can put in tires, you can put in radios, you can put in salt, you can do it that way,” he says. “You can put it in by department. You can cross-reference it. It now has all the purchasing opportunities. It tells you what we bought, how much we paid and who we bought it from.”

The site will be updated weekly with new information, though Abramson says some spending details will not be posted.

“Keep in mind that even a a family checkbook—or an individual’s checkbook—you don’t always write, where it says ‘for,’ all of the specific information and clearly setting forth all the extensive details of what the line item in that, or what that check, specifically was going to be used for,” he says.

The e-transparency ordinance was first sponsored by Republican council members but passed with bipartisan support. A spokesperson for the Republican Caucus says the sponsors are pleased with the new site, but look forward to reviewing it further.

You can see the data here.

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