Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Launches New Online Budget Transparency Tool
Atlanta’s Open Checkbook provides greater access to public on City expenditures and contracts
ATLANTA– Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the City of Atlanta have unveiled the City’s new “Open Checkbook,” an online financial portal that allows the public to see exactly how their tax dollars are being spent. It is the Administration’s latest initiative to set a new standard for government transparency. Open Checkbook is a first for the City. It is just one of the ways Mayor Bottoms will deliver on her ‘One Atlanta’ vision that includes an ethical, transparent and fiscally responsible government.
Mayor Bottoms initially previewed the new technology back in April, explaining that Open Checkbook would make it easier for the public to access City budgets, expenditures and contracts with vendors. Additionally, it allows members of the public to easily search, follow, and analyze the business of the City.
“My vision for One Atlanta includes an ethical, transparent and fiscally responsible government,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “Today’s launch of Atlanta’s Open Checkbook provides residents with a powerful accountability tool and will shine a bright light on City spending as we work to reestablish public trust in government.”
Through Open Checkbook, users can explore and track the City’s financial expenditures. Charts, graphs and checkbook-style transactions are readily available. This new online platform is user- and browser-friendly, as well as completely accessible via mobile devices.
The City of Atlanta joins a list of prominent municipalities, including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Birmingham and Washington, D.C., that have used similar portals to expand transparency and openness to the public.
The new online portal can be viewed at checkbook.atlantaga.gov.