Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2017
(AUSTIN) — The city of McKinney recently became the state’s first local government entity to achieve each of five transparency goals through Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s Transparency Stars program.
McKinney received a Public Pensions Transparency Star, awarded to local governments that provide residents and taxpayers with not only key information regarding local pension liabilities, but also the tools and explanations they need to better understand those liabilities.
On Monday, Hegar visited McKinney to commend city officials on their local government transparency achievements. “I applaud McKinney for embracing this program and taking a leadership role when it comes to local government transparency,” Hegar said. “As Texas’ first five-star transparency city, McKinney is setting an example that I hope all local government entities in Texas will follow. McKinney residents should be proud of this achievement and know that their city is providing them the crucial information they need to make informed decisions about their city’s financial future.”
The Comptroller’s office launched the Transparency Stars program in 2016 to recognize cities, counties and school districts that provide easy online access to important financial data. For more information including qualification criteria and other award recipients, visit the Comptroller’s Transparency Stars website. Also, the Comptroller’s Public Pension search tool has been updated with the latest details on state and local pension plans in Texas as reported to the Pension Review Board.
In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 855, which requires state agencies to publish a list of the three most commonly used Web browsers on their websites. The Texas Comptroller’s most commonly used Web browsers are Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari.