Mayor Turner Launches City Of Houston Open Finance Initiative Tied To Financial Transparency
The City of Houston is enhancing the use of technology to engage citizens and increase financial transparency.
Today, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the city is launching an open finance initiative to allow Houstonians to track how their money is being spent.
In April 2021, the City of Houston created the Open Finance initiative to provide more transparency about the City’s finances. This includes publishing relevant, accessible datasets about the City’s budget, checkbook, and payroll. It also provides simple data visualizations to help the public explore the City’s financial activities.
Localities can benefit from data that helps measure policy efforts, increase government operational and processes efficiency, provide deeper analytical insights and increase citizen participation. Increased transparency through open data initiatives enhances the collaboration between residents and their elected leaders. These efforts empower residents to get involved and understand the City’s financial activities.