On Tuesday, Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz announced the public release of the “Scott County Checkbook On-Line.”  This new service will allow county residents to view how their tax dollars are spent by individual departments and government agencies for which Scott County provides accounting services.*  

Auditor Moritz Shows Search Function for Checkbook On-line During a February 22, 2011 News Conference

The public will have access to the accounts payable reports prepared for the Board of Supervisors which shows spending by county department and separate government agency. The reports are displayed in a searchable PDF format.  They include an alphabetic listing of vendors as well as the departmental report.  Also included are Board reports for county spending by purchase cards, a form of credit card issued to government agencies.

The web page includes a “Contact Us” feature, to allow the public to contact the Auditor’s Office with questions or suggestions.  The goal is to answer questions within 48 hours, although more difficult question may take longer.  If Auditor staff cannot answer the question it will be forwarded to the proper department.

Auditor staff began the discussion on how to implement this improvement in late 2009.  After experimenting with some different options last year, the Auditor settled on the product released on Tuesday.

Scott County will be the first major county in Iowa to provide its “checkbook” on-line for the general public to see.  We are joining a growing number of counties and cities in the nation in providing better transparency for local government.

Providing this information to the public will help the Auditor’s Office to meet county goals of regional leadership, use of technology to increase productivity and enhance services and deliver service in the most cost-effective and efficient manner.

* Scott County provides accounts payable services for Scott County Assessor, Scott County Library, Scott Emergency Communications Center, Davenport City Assessor and some payments for the Iowa Department of Human Services based in Scott County.