Sunday, September 6, 2009

Surfside Beach finances accessible online

(Myrtle Beach Sun News, Sept. 2)

By Aliana Ramos -

Between Aug. 11 and Aug. 31, the town of Surfside Beach wrote 159 checks and spent $597,225.16.

If you're curious about what the town spent the money on, you can now examine its check register online. The register will be updated monthly, said Kim Hursey, the town's treasurer.

Surfside Beach is the 12th municipality in the state to post its financial information online, according to a statement released Tuesday by the S.C. Comptroller General's Office.

"Any time elected officials make the commitment to show people how public money is being spent, everyone wins," said Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom. "By voluntarily putting this spending information within convenient public reach, Surfside Beach leaders are sending the message that they understand it's not their money they're spending, it's the people's money, and people deserve easy access to that information."

The Town Council voted on Aug. 11 to approve posting the register online to provide transparency and allow taxpayers to see how their money is being spent. The program is modeled after the city of Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach began putting its check register online July 2 and updates it at least once a week, according to the city's Web site. The S.C. comptroller general's office has posted spending for every state agency on its Web site since March 2008.

Eckstrom started encouraging area municipalities to put their check registers on the Web earlier this year.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

transparency is where its at keep pushin