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Transparency Online Project Include County Information

Concerning the inclusion of a county's financial information in the state's financial information database, which is known as the transparency online project.
2016 Regular Session
Local Government
Bill Summary

The chief information officer (officer) publishes information about state revenues and expenditures in a web-based system, which is known as the transparency online project (TOP). The act requires the officer to include county revenue and expenditure data and their budgets in the TOP.

No later than 30 days following the beginning of a fiscal year, a county is required to provide the officer with a copy of the budget adopted for the fiscal year. No later than 30 days after the end-of-the-year audit for a fiscal year, a county is required to provide the officer with a database that identifies all revenue received by the county and all expenditures made by county agencies. The information is required to be in a format approved by the officer. If a county fails to provide the required budget or database to the officer for more than 90 days after the deadline, then the executive director of the department of local affairs may consider the county's lack of transparency as an adverse factor when making grants from the local government severance tax fund. A county that posts its budget and revenue and expenditure data on the county website is not required to submit the same to the officer, and instead the officer shall include a link to the county's website in the TOP.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details