Transparency in government simply refers to a taxpayer's right to know where their money is going and to be able to access that information in a freely accessible manner rather than through the process of open records requests.
Everything that is spent by the government (local, state, federal, school, college districts and more) is paid for by the taxpayers in that entity. Most residents pay taxes to multiple taxing entities, but the right to know where your tax dollars are going is your right and the entities' responsibility.
Uses of Tax Money
As a taxpayer, you pay for all aspects of your government, including things you might not think about, such as:
Chemicals used in the pools
Paper clips used in offices
Uniforms for police officers
The City of West University Place is opening their books to the public by providing the information in a user-friendly format that shows a clear and consistent picture of the money spent.