ETX city awarded Texas Comptroller's highest recognition for financial transparency

ETX city awarded Texas Comptroller's highest recognition for financial transparency
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POSTED: Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 3:23pm

UPDATED: Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 4:51pm

The City of Troup has been named as one of the only eleven cities in the state of Texas to receive the Texas Comptroller's highest recognition for financial transparency.

The City of Troup was awarded the Platinum Leadership Award.

This is in addition to the 11 cities, the Platinum designation was awarded to 25 other governmental agencies, including Smith County.

There are four possible recognition levels awarded by the Texas Comptroller, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum based on an agency's compliance with the Comptroller's standards of transparency.

Troup was the smallest city to be honored in the Texas Comptroller's scoring system. Troup scored 22 out of a possible 22 points.

To keep its designation, Troup must resubmit an application annually. To receive the Platinum designation, the city must, among other things, have its budgets, its check registers, its auditor's annual reports, official's contact information, and other requirements posted online for simple and easy access by the public.

"Making the decision to take the necessary steps to become as financially transparent as possible was an easy one for our council and staff," said Troup Mayor John Whitsell. "I am honored that the State Comptroller's Office has announced the City of Troup as a member of the very first Platinum Leadership Circle. I would like to commend our council and staff for making this very important commitment."

To see more information on the City of Troup go to: www.trouptexas.org.

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