Web Site Seen As
Way For Public To
'Follow The Money'
NASHVILLE -- Comprehensive financial information is now available online for most Tennessee counties, including Greene County, thanks to a new service by the state Comptroller's office.
By clicking to a page on the Comptroller's Web site, it is now easy to find detailed financial information about revenues and expenditures for 89 of the state's 95 counties.
The web address is: http://www.comptroller1.state.tn.us/TAG/
This article, and a link to this new Web site, can be accessed for an extended period of time in the Public Records section of GreenevilleSun.com at http://www.GreenevilleSun.com/Docs.
"I am very pleased that we are able to offer this new service," said Comptroller Justin Wilson.
He added, "This is an excellent way to follow the money, or to see where it comes from and where it goes.
"Citizens will find that there is a great deal of information about their county governments that is now available at their fingertips," Wilson said.
The information is compiled from the annual audit reports done by the Comptroller's Division of County Audit.
Jim Arnette, the division's director, said revenue and expenditure data from the last four fiscal years is now available at the site, which is called Transparency and Accountability for Governments (TAG) in Tennessee.
Arnette said several years' worth of data will be kept available for access through the TAG Tennessee archives.
"We envision this as a tool citizens can use to keep up with what their local governments are doing," Arnette said.
"And local and state government officials should find it helpful to have easy access to this information as well," Arnette said.
The TAG Tennessee site includes information about school departments, but not other agencies.
Six counties are audited annually by private certified public accounting firms rather than the Comptroller's office, so their financial information is not available on the site at this time. Those counties are: Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, McMinn, Shelby and Washington.