UPDATE| Augusta's transparency website "City Watch" is now online

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Friday, April 1, 2016

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Augusta's new transparency website, "City Watch", is now active online.

Through the city, the public an access information on how their money is spent. Taxpayers have access to documents, reports and data used by city leaders.



Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- Augusta city leaders approve the transparency website that gives tax payers access to information on how their money is spent.

Leaders approved the website "City Watch," now the proposal will go to the full commission for a vote. The website will let the public look at city projects or looking into the budget. Anyone will be able to click on different departments and see where your tax dollars are going in real time.



Thursday, Jan. 27, 2016

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- The city is branding their transparency effort on the city's website and naming it , "City Watch." It will take all of the city's departments to update the website with what money they are spending to make it successful and accurate.

Michael Blanchard and his team have spent weeks creating a website that will make it easier for you to watch how the city spend your money. They are excited to unveil it.

"We designed it the way that we did so that they can see a big button that says click here if you want to see this," Augusta IT Deputy Director Michael Blanchard said.

Whether it's city projects or looking into the budget, you will be able to click on different departments and see where your tax dollars are going in real time.

"We do a lot of things in government that's not necessarily a lot of fun and a lot of times we can't be as creative as we might like to be," Blanchard said.

Blanchard says this was a way the IT Department could get creative to gain your trust.

"Hopefully give them some confidence that the tax dollars or the sales tax money that's being spent is being spent wisely," Blanchard said.

It could also make commissioners' jobs easier as well, when it comes to answering questions from the people they represent.

Whether it's SPLOST, TIA, or stormwater fee projects, the website will show where the project stands, and who they should hold accountable.

"If there was three weeks of rain or an ice storm or something like that would knock your project off schedule then they would need to record that here," Blanchard said

A needle will show how much money has been spent.

"You can see the needle go up," Blanchard said.

Check marks will show up as projects meet deadlines. If approved by commissioners it will go live April 1st.

"We're kind of holding our breath to see if they are going to say to go forward," Blanchard said.