CLEARWATER – A new “Spending in the Sunshine” website allows users to view financial transactions by the Clerk and the Circuit Court and Pinellas County Commissioners.
The website is the latest offering by the county to provide citizens an electronically accessed, transparent view of government activities.
The Spending in the Sunshine website allows users to view detailed financial transactions down to the invoice level, and if applicable, the check number and funding source across both departments. The site offers multiple methods of searching for information under various categories including by vendor, department and spending.
The site also provides records of salary expenditures for employees under both entities. Tutorial videos are placed on each tab of the site to help users navigate the different functions associated with each type of search. Users are also able to export data into multiple programs.
Clerk of the Circuit Court Ken Burke requested the in-house project be developed to offer citizens an easy-to-use, convenient way to view government spending.
“I am very pleased that all Pinellas County citizens will now be able to open the books, so to speak, and view government spending on their behalf,” Burke said. “I wanted to eliminate any barrier to being absolutely transparent. With Spending in the Sunshine, I believe we have accomplished just that - a companion piece to the state’s sunshine laws regarding open record keeping.”
The project was led by Clerk of the Circuit Court internet technology staff and developed by staff in Pinellas County’s Business Technology Services division, leveraging the county’s recent investment in the Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise business planning and financial application.