City of Reno Unveils New Website to Increase Transparency

 
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Kate McGee

Reno City Manager, Andrew Clinger,unveiling the new Transparent Reno website at a press conference on Thursday.

Do you wonder how much the City of Reno is spending on office supplies?

In an effort to increase transparency in city government, Reno officials have launched a new website detailing city finances. The website is TransparentReno.com

The website is a compliation of all city data, including an online checkbook, which lists every transaction the city makes from utilities to construction costs. Every Monday, the checkbook will be updated with the most recent transactions.

The site also contains information about 911 calls, business licenses and wind energy maps in the city.

Although the information is already available to the public, City Manager Andrew Clinger says the new website makes it easier for residents to view and understand.

"You really have to put it out there in a format that citizens can review and go through. Just putting data out there by itself is not enough," Clinger said during a press conference Thursday.

The city has created an Open Government Team, which is comprised of city staff members. Hack for Reno participants are also working with the city to see if there are more ways city government can release data online to the public.


In the next six months, the website will also include salaries and benefits of city employees. The third phase will include information about city contracts and agreements.

Reno is the first local city government in Nevada to create an online checkbook. The city was praised by the conservative think-tank, the National Policy Research Institute, for creating the website.