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City now posts expenses online

By Judy Reed

Would you like to know exactly what the city of Cedar Springs is spending its money on? The answer is now only a click away.

While the information has always been open to the public, the city is now putting their accounts payable for each month on their website, at cityofcedarsprings.org.

“Our goal is to be as transparent as possible,” explained City Manager Christine Burns.

Burns said that they kicked around the idea last year, and when Councilor Pamela Conley was elected, she brought up the idea again, and they decided to go for it.

Burns noted that there are a couple of good reasons to do it. One, they’ve undertaken a lot of cost-savings measures and want people to be aware of that. Two, someone could come up with a great idea on how they could do something better. “If we put it online, the public could see it and say, ‘I have a better idea how to do that,’” she explained. “Sometimes you get stuck in a rut and just need a fresh set of eyes to look at it.”

To view the accounts payable, go to the website and click on “minutes” at the very top. Click on that, and then choose which month you want to look at. The register shows each check number, who it was to, how much it was, and what it was for.

Several schools in the Kent Intermediate District have also begun to do this, including Caledonia Community Schools, East Grand Rapids Public Schools, Lowell Area Schools, Sparta Area Schools, Byron Center Public Schools, Forest Hills Public Schools, Wyoming Public Schools, Godfrey-Lee Public Schools.

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