Clay County Launches Online Transparency Portal
Clay County Commissioners Jerry Nolte, Gene Owen and Luann Ridgeway announce the launch of a free online Transparency Portal in conjunction with United for Missouri.
United for Missouri and Clay County Commissioners share a common goal to provide simple means for taxpayers to have immediate and free access to government use of tax dollars. This will increase access to public information, citizen involvement and government responsiveness to taxpayer input.
Clay County is the first county in the State of Missouri to launch this type of tool for members of the public to access open records. The portal is an initial step by Clay County to promote transparency, improve government accountability and encourage citizen involvement.
"I'm proud to announce that Clay County now becomes the first county in the entire state of Missouri to provide open records to the public – hassle free and cost free. The Transparency Portal is about letting the sun shine on government expenses in Clay County. Records will now be easily available and free on our website, allowing the people we serve to see how their tax dollars are spent," commented Eastern District Commissioner Luann Ridgeway.
The Clay County Transparency Portal can be accessed via the county website or this direct URL: https://www.claycountymo.gov/transparency
"The Commission has been working for a long time to make the Transparency Portal possible. I’m pleased to share its release with the citizens I serve at Clay County. No longer will they have to jump through bureaucratic hoops to get information that is available to them by Missouri state law," commented Western District Commissioner Gene Owen.
Later this year, it is anticipated that Clay County will expand the Transparency Portal to include all taxpayer-funded expenses at the county level. This information will be sorted by vendor name, category of expense and dollar amount.
"This powerful tool is part of a larger initiative to bring professionalism and accountability to Clay County government. By providing accessible records to taxpayers, we will build citizen trust and make government accountable to the people," added Presiding Commissioner Jerry Nolte.