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State launches government transparency website

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Users can see where tax dollars are spent

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 18, 2017) — State Treasurer Allison Ball and Finance and Administration Secretary William M. Landrum III today unveiled a new transparency website that allows citizens to see where their tax dollars are spent.

The redesigned website, called transparency.ky.gov, has improved navigation and search tools making it easier to access information quickly. The upgraded search feature functionality allows citizens to input keywords, date ranges or other parameters. Data provided is for the executive and judicial branches and includes such things as agency spending, contracts with businesses, employee salaries, and buildings owned or leased by state government.

“Transparency and openness is vital to preserving a government of, by and for the people,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “Our administration is committed at every level to transparency of publicly funded programs and the resulting information. This collaboration between Treasurer Ball and the Finance and Administration Cabinet will create improved access to up-to-date information, keeping the public correctly informed on how their tax dollars are spent.”

The website also includes educational resources on how a state budget becomes law as well as information that parents and teachers can use to help children learn about budgeting for themselves.

Other information on the website includes general information on the current state budget, taxes, basic timeline of the budget process, accountability, ethics overview, and links to other useful resources such as unclaimed property and local government officials.