When we talk about transparency in terms of government spending, we are referring to government opening its books to the public so that taxpayers can see exactly where their money is going. Transparency ensures that taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently by making decisions in the open and on record. Transparency means that citizens can review and question policymakers' decisions, examine documents and see the way tax dollars are spent.
The State of Texas Comptroller's Office has an initiative to encourage all county and local governments to be transparent in their financial operations. This initiative is called the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle award program. The State of Texas Comptroller's office defines a high standard for transparency for a local government that:
- Opens its books to the public, providing a clear
and consistent picture of spending;
- Provides information in an easily accessible,
user-friendly format; and
- Lets taxpayers easily drill down for more detailed information.
The Town of Pantego embraces this financial transparency philosophy and produces Budgetary Documents, Check Registers and Financial Reports for review.
In addition to the information presented for review on the Town's website, individuals, under the Texas Public Information Act , have the right to request, in writing, official Town documents through a Public Information Request Form .
Public information requests are handled through the City Secretary's Office and can be mailed to 1614 S. Bowen Rd. Pantego, Texas 76013, hand delivered to Town Hall, faxed to (817)617-3726, or emailed to the City Secretary .