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METRO Praised for Financial Transparency
Thursday, April 27, 2017 2:55 PM

Cover of report: Following the Money 2017 

METRO was honored as one of the highest scorers in financial transparency by a consumer advocacy group. 

The Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG) Education Fund released its annual report that examined METRO’s financial disclosures and compared them against dozens of other special districts across the nation.

Texas has more than 2,600 special districts, government entities established by a citizen vote or other legislation, providing a specific service for a designated area.

The group released a report called “Following the Money 2017: Governing in the Shadows.”  It tracks how states provide public access to online info on spending. This year, the annual report concentrated on spending transparency and special districts.

The report analyzed 79 special districts. Only seven special districts had detailed spending checkbooks online, allowing citizens to see how their tax money is spent. Of the seven districts, three received an “A” in financial disclosure, including METRO.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar commended both METRO and the Port of Houston for achieving high honors in this year’s PIRG report.

“METRO operations and financial reports have been open and accessible to the public for several years now,” said Tom Lambert, METRO’s president & CEO. “We are extremely proud to be recognized nationally.”

The agency streams all of its monthly board meetings and committee meetings, along with public hearings. You can also view on a single web page the agency’s check register, budgets, financial reports, bond disclosure documents and instructions on filing an open records request.

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