GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- Greenfield is letting everyone know what they do with your tax dollars.
The mission is to ensure transparency in local government, and the information is available online, 24/7.
“Knowledge is power, to get discussions going and the community tighter, that’s good,” said Celena Dykes of Greenfield.
“It’s our money so I mean we might as well get involved and see what they will list for us to see where we are going,” said Tony Marcus of Greenfield.
Greenfield’s Financial Transparency Website, also known as the “Open Checkbook”, allows you to see all of the town’s expenses from all of their departments. It’s updated weekly.
The website has everything from construction project payments, to money spent on school and town vendors. They’ve also posted graphs and charts that show total spending by each town department. Greenfield’s Mayor came up with the idea.
“This is really under the Mayor’s direction, he wants to be as transparent as possible and he wants you to know, ‘Hey guys this is what we are doing, we are showing you what is going on in the town of Greenfield,'” said Greenfield City Auditor, Elizabeth Braccia.
Braccia told 22News by law, there is some information they can’t provide, such as the names of public safety employees and veterans. She said Amherst and Northampton also have an “Open Checkbook.”