Annual Financial Reports
HB 3693 was adopted during the 2007 Legislative Session and became effective on September 1, 2007. Among other things, this bill requires a governmental entity responsible for payments for electric, water, or natural gas utility services to record, in an electronic repository, the entity’s metered amount of electricity, water, or natural gas consumed for which it is responsible to pay and the aggregate costs for those utility services. The information must be reported on a publicly accessible internet web site.
Monthly Check Registers
Five years ago, the Comptroller of Public Accounts began the Leadership Circle Awards Program to recognize local government bodies across Texas who were striving to achieve high standards of online transparency to the public they serve. The Comptroller of Public Accounts’ goal was to give special recognition to those entities that were opening their books to the public by providing annual budgets, monthly financials, monthly expenditures, and annual financial reports online with easy access to the general public for viewing.
Local governments who submitted an application were awarded a designation of Bronze, Silver, or Gold depending on the level of transparency provided on their website. The level of transparency was determined by the information available to be viewed, the ease to which it was accessible, the clearness to the public on how the funds were being spent, and the ability to request additional information if needed. We are proud to announce that our second year (2013 and 2014) of submitting our application for the award, SJRA was awarded Gold designation. The designation is given to those entities that are considered to be setting the bar for transparency.