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In Partnership with ClearGov, Natick Brings Clarity to Local Government Finances
The Town of Natick announced today that it has partnered with ClearGov, a leading municipal transparency, and benchmarking platform, to launch an infographic-based fiscal transparency center.
This new tool provides taxpayers an easy-to-understand, visual breakdown of Natick’s finances, as well as insights into the Town’s demographics. The site also informs visitors as to how each budget item compares to neighboring communities.
The Town is part of a growing movement of Massachusetts municipalities that are taking transparency to a new level on the ClearGov platform, which also showcases basic profiles of every municipality in the state. Natick has added detailed revenue and expenditure breakdowns of its General Fund data. Natick has also added information regarding the Town’s debt.
“We are excited to partner with the Town of Natick to bring enhanced transparency to Massachusetts,” said Chris Bullock, CEO of ClearGov. “Residents should be proud of the leadership position Natick has taken with this project and technology.”
ClearGov sources publicly available financial data on municipalities to create easy-to-understand transparency websites for all municipalities across the United States, which are made available to the public for free. Municipalities can choose to upgrade and enhance their publicly available transparency site with more robust information and provide context through commentary on the figures.
Visit Natick’s Financial Transparency page: http://natickma.gov/1571/Financial-Transparency
Visit Natick’s ClearGov site: https://www.cleargov.com/massachusetts/middlesex/town/natick/2019
Administration’s goal is to provide the public with the necessary financial insights into the Town’s budget, expenditures, and revenues, as well as key financial projects that the Town is undertaking. The financial transparency page will be an additional resource that the public and Town Meeting Members can utilize to make informed decisions with respect to Town Meeting Articles.
ClearGov helps local governments communicate and operate more effectively and efficiently through a unique fiscal clarity and insights platform. Local governments leverage ClearGov to more clearly communicate their financial performance in an effort to build citizen trust and participation through transparency. ClearGov also provides valuable municipal bench-marking intelligence to help government leaders quickly compare their finances against similar communities to make more informed and data-driven policy and budgetary decisions.