PRA Government Services, a division of debt-buying giant PRA Group (Nasdaq:PRAA), has launched EZTransparency, an interactive tool designed to help council members, municipal staff and the public quickly visualize and understand complex city and county budgets.
"Municipal budget information is often delivered through a 50- to 100-page PDF of the entire city budget, which makes it difficult to navigate and quickly understand," said Steve Roberts, president of PRA Group's business and government services. "EZTransparency provides a simple, intuitive interface that allows citizens to actually see graphically where their tax dollars are being spent."
EZTransparency builds and hosts a transparent budget from a PDF of a municipality's budget for just pennies per citizen. No city finance staff, IT resources or technology integrations are required. EZTransparency also provides a searchable check register to minimize open records requests.
"A transparent and open government provides voters with one-click, searchable and downloadable information about the budget," said Roberts. "We can help municipalities live up to the transparency challenge and build trust with their citizens in less than 45 days."