Clay County is pleased to announce a partnership with the Missouri Treasurer’s Office that will further increase the accessibility of important government records for our citizens and the media.
As part of his ongoing commitment to ensuring a more efficient and transparent government, Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick today announced the expansion of the Show-Me Checkbook to include local governments. Launched by the Treasurer’s Office in 2018, it is one of the most comprehensive state financial data portals in the country.
Clay County is among six local governments to have its spending data featured in today’s launch of the Show-Me Checkbook expansion, along with Cass County, Cole County, Newton County, Jasper County and the City of St. Louis. The expansion provides citizens with another place to access Clay County’s expenditure information, which is also available on the County’s unique Transparency Portal.
The six government entities involved in today’s launch provided information about individual local government expenditures totaling more than $921 million in 2019 alone.
“I greatly appreciate Clay County providing this data and being a leader on this issue,” Fitzpatrick said. “Missourians should be able to trust that their government is working for them and that their tax dollars are being spent wisely. With record numbers of Missourians quarantining at home, now is the perfect time to go online and see how counties are using our tax dollars. I look forward to continuing to grow and expand the Show-Me Checkbook as we strive to increase transparency, provide more accountability, and build trust in communities.”
In recent years, Clay County has proactively built out its robust Transparency Portal with direct access to many public records on the County's website. The Transparency Portal, which was recently updated to improve readability and accessibility, is a valuable tool that no neighboring county in Missouri offers. Very few government entities in the state have a comparable system. To visit the Clay County Transparency Portal, click on this link.
A copy of Clay County’s Open Records Request Form can be found here.