Budgets, audits could be Internet bound

Most local governments would have their budgets and audits posted on the Internet under legislation unanimously approved by the Georgia House on Tuesday. The obligation would apply to cities and counties with budgets of more than $1 million, said Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Atlanta), the bill’s sponsor. The Carl Vinson Institute at the University of Georgia would post the budgets and audits on line. The cities and counties already are required to produce the budgets and audits. The goal, Lindsey said, is to allow citizens to have easy access to records on how their government is spending their money. It also will allow people with Internet access to compare the spending of their city or county to that of other governments, he said. The bill now goes to the state Senate for consdieration.

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Pepe LeBourgeois

February 16th, 2010
2:39 pm

Rep. Lindsey has re-introduced a fair bill that does not cost local governments much time or money to produce and allows all citizens to search through budgets and audits to see for themselves what is actually in it. Finally, common sense legislation for that benefits everyone.