Mayor Kwasi Fraser has achieved a goal he set during his first council meeting in 2014—the launch of a financial transparency service through the OpenGov online platform.
Although the mayor’s proposal did not succeed in 2014, the council last September approved the move to OpenGov, to bring “visibility, openness and accountability to town operations.”
The site is now live at purcellvilleva.gov/opengov.
The OpenGov platform gives residents the ability to view and analyze the town’s entire financial data, monthly and annually. Visitors can download the data for offline analysis and share it on social media.
The mayor stated the platform would take the complexity out of the financial reporting process by “democratizing our data in a meaningful and easy to understand way for our stakeholders,” which in turn will bring confidence in the council’s decision-making process.
The service is used widely across the nation and locally by Leesburg and Winchester. The cost to Purcellville is just over $8,300 per year of a three-year contract.