Colorado’s West Metro Fire District Receives Accolades for Driving Financial Transparency
What prompted you to choose a transparency solution?
A U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) report from May 2017 noted that transparency practices in special districts across the country were significantly lacking, particularly in the availability of online financial information or budget data. West Metro stands out for our unique desire to provide financial transparency that empowers decision makers and the public while also improving internal efficiency. More than anything, we want to be able to tell our citizens that we’re being good stewards of their dollars.
How has OpenGov helped you achieve transparency?
West Metro Fire established its OpenGov transparency portal to show area residents how the organization efficiently uses taxpayers’ dollars to provide lifesaving services. Just a click of a button is all it takes to connect the public and our staff to detailed and meaningful information. The public-facing site is easy to navigate and easy to understand. Visitors can find answers to often-asked questions about the district’s budget–not just spreadsheets, expense, and revenue reports.