Baltimore officials rolled out a new online tool Thursday to help residents keep track of city spending. Known as Open Checkbook, the web-based database offers information on the city’s spending and allows users to break down information by agency and vendor. Democratic Mayor Brandon Scott, who made the tool part of his goals for his first 100 days in office, announced the program during a news conference at Morgan State University. Flanked by Democratic Comptroller Bill Henry, City Administrator Chris Shorter and Chief Data Officer Justin Elszasz, Scott said the database is “just the beginning” of his efforts to make city government more transparent and accountable to the public.
Baltimore launches database to search city spending
April 16, 2021