12Software purchase OK’d for government finances in Valparaiso – Post-Tribune update daily
Within weeks, Valparaiso will have user-friendly versions of its finances online, from budgets to spending.
City officials hope that by summer’s end, most — if not all — public documents will be accessible through the city website at http://ci.valparaiso.in.us/.
To do this, the Board of Works on Friday approved a $53,000 contract with OpenGov of Redwood City, Calif., to use its software.
“It’s something that I think is needed,” said Clerk-Treasurer Sharon Swihart.
Swihart said that the software will allow people to see department spending and the difference between published budgets and actual spending, as well as using an “open checkbook” feature that allows people to look at each claim the city pays out.
City Administrator Bill Oeding said that many Indiana municipalities use the OpenGov program, so the company is familiar with state law and the state board of accounts.
Swihart said she’d been reviewing a few companies who provide this service for a while, but the push by Councilman Robert Cotton, D-2nd, for more government transparency put more focus on it.
Published: June 7, 2016