If your family keeps coming up short at the end of every month after paying your bills, the first thing you do is go through the checkbook to see where the money is going and make decisions on what you can cut out of cut back, right?
Well, when politicians keep telling us they need “more money” to pay the bills, the first thing we should do is look at the checkbook, right?
But that’s the problem. We, the taxpayers who have to pay the bills, can’t find it. So we have no idea how much is being spent, to whom, for what and for how much.
That’s why #6 of my 12-Step Program for reigning in the taxaholics in the Nevada Legislature who are addicted to government is: “Support putting the government’s checkbook online.”
And thank you Boulder City for doing just that!
As noted this week by Steve Sebelius of the Las Vegas Review-Journal…
“Boulder City has launched a finance portal so citizens can keep track of what the city is spending money on. You can see it for yourself here: https://bcnv.finance.socrata.com/#!/dashboard”
For example, you can go to the website and see for yourself that the Recreation Department spent $644 on January 8, 2020 to Wausau Tile Inc. for “Janitorial Supplies.” That is GREAT!
If the State of Nevada is doing this, I don’t know about it…and I’m guessing you don’t either. So more needs to be done to alert taxpayers of this critical tool to keep government spending under control.
If the State of Nevada is NOT doing this, it should. And I’ll push the Legislature to do just that if elected to represent you in Carson City.