App allows citizens access to Pueblo County finances

The Pueblo Chieftain: Elected officials seem to always run on the condition of transparency and showing citizens how their tax dollars are being used.

The Pueblo County commissioners are no different and Monday they announced a new tool for their constituents that will open up the county’s budget and finances in a more direct manner than ever before.

Pueblo County has gone live with a budgeting application called “OpenGov,” which is on the county’s website.

“OpenGov is a way of bringing transparency about the way that taxpaying dollars are spent directly to the community,” said Pueblo County Commissioner Garrison Ortiz.

“We’ve been working very hard on this over the past several months, leading up to the go-live date.”

OpenGov transforms complex financial data into an interactive, digital format. The new tool gives the public access to the same financial information Pueblo County government leaders use when making financial decisions.

Ortiz said the application allows constituents to go online and look not only at the county’s budget, but also to give them a chance to drill into any line item that they would like. They also can see where marijuana taxes are going.

Constituents also can go into an exercise of creating their own Pueblo County budget and go through their own process of balancing a budget.

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