Denver launches financial transparency website, displays checkbook

From The Denver Post: Denver just opened the book on its finances.

The city and county of Denver launched "Transparent Denver" on Wednesday afternoon, a website displaying city finances that before were only available through public-records requests and deeper digging.

"It's meant to do a lot of things for our citizens," Mayor Michael Hancock said. "The goal is to build trust and transparency with the public."

The site displays the city's financial reports, investments, residential- and business-property records, and city-owned properties for sale.

It features a checkbook so citizens can see how the city is spending its tax dollars.