Fort Bend County was awarded the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle “Gold” Award for the second year in a row for displaying a high standard of financial transparency online. “The award spotlights those local governments that are opening their books to the public, providing clear, consistent pictures of spending and sharing information in a user-friendly format that lets taxpayers easily drill down for more information.”
The Texas Comptroller describes transparency as government opening its books to the public so that taxpayers can see exactly where their money is going. Transparency ensures that taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently by ensuring all decisions are made in the open and on the record. Transparency means that citizens can review and question policymakers’ decisions, examine documents, root out inefficiencies and hold officials accountable for the way tax dollars are spent.
Pamela Gubbels, the Director of Budget and Finance stated, “Financial transparency is an ongoing goal for Fort Bend County. We strive to make all of our information accessible to those that are interested in viewing it and we are proud to receive this recognition.”