Online portal will show city's COVID-19 expenditures

Online portal will show city's COVID-19 expenditures

CITY HALL – St. Louis residents can watch how the city is spending their tax dollars to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The city has set up a new online financial transparency portal on its website specifically designed to keep track of that spending. The public can follow along as city officials buy essential supplies and fund operations, plus arrange emergency contracts and leases.

One thing it does not currently contain is the overtime expenses for essential city employees tasked with protecting the health and safety of the more than 300,000 residents of the city.

“Even during a global emergency such as COVID-19, governments must remain accountable to the people,” Krewson said. “That includes showing them how we’re investing in critical, life-saving resources. I appreciate the multiple City departments that worked together to activate this portal in a timely, accessible manner.”

The portal is one of the first of its kind in the St. Louis region; its information will be updated periodically.

The new transparency portal can be found here: stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/health/communicable-disease/covid-19/documents/financial-transparency/index.cfm

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