Would provide instant public access 24/7 to its demographic, housing, financial information
Logansport residents will be able to find out in-depth information on city spending and fiscal performance through a new service free to the city.
ClearGov, a financial transparency company based in Massachusetts, will provide instant public access 24/7 every day to Logansport’s demographic and housing information as well as its financial performance.
Horizon Bank, formerly Salin Bank and Trust in Logansport, will sponsor the content for the city. Horizon has been the city’s depository for the past four years. ClearGov, founded in 2015, services 250 communities in 25 states.
“We’re happy to partner with Horizon on this service to our constituents who have a right to public access, which in this case is provided free of charge to them,” Mayor Dave Kitchell said. “We’re fortunate to be the first city in Indiana and one of the limited number of cities in the United States to be able to interpret complicated information and complex budgeting through easy-to-understand charts and graphs.”
Kitchell said he chose ClearGov for its data transparency program in part because it has worked well in other communities and because it offers peer city comparisons. Logansport’s finances will be compared with its six peer cities next closest in population — Frankfort, Huntington, Seymour, Shelbyville, Vincennes and New Castle.
The public can access the portal at www.cleargov.com and type in “City of Logansport” in the location window. Data will be updated annually based on government reports the city is required to file with the state.
The city will also be adding the feature to their website.
“We plan on adding this to our website so that visitors can understand where and how their tax dollars are being spent,” the mayor said. “As in many other cities, this also serves as a tool for city officials. For now, it affirms the job our city council, department heads, clerk-treasurer’s office and administration have done to hold the line on spending and live within our means.”
The transparency portal was the No. 10 priority the mayor cited on his 19 Goals for 2019, unveiled at the State of the City/County Luncheon in January.