You pay for your government, and you deserve to know how your money is spent.
Transparency is a broad term that, quite literally, means something that can be seen through. When we talk about transparency in terms of government spending, we are referring to government opening its books to the public so that taxpayers can see exactly where their money is going. Transparency ensures that your taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently by making all decisions in the open and on the record. Transparency means that citizens can review and question policymakers' decisions, examine documents, root out inefficiencies and hold officials accountable for the way tax dollars are spent.
The Comptroller’s Office for the State of Texas has an initiative to encourage all county and local governments to be transparent in their financial operations. This initiative is called Texas Transparency
, and local governments are encouraged to participate in the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle
award program to be recognized for their various levels of participation. The State Comptroller’s Office defines a high standard for transparency for a local government as:
- Opens its books to the public, providing clear, consistent pictures of spending
- Provides information in an easily accessible, user-friendly format
- Allows taxpayers to easily drill down for more detailed information
The City of Rowlett embraces this philosophy and produces Budgetary Documents, Investment Reports, Check Registers, Financial Reports, and Debt Information to give you, the taxpayer, the ability to see how your money is being spent. In addition, the City has adopted financial policies and investment policies designed to maintain or improve the financial health and well being of the City as well as safeguard the City’s funds in accordance with accounting principles and legislative rules. The City also complies with the requirements specified in House Bill 3693 regarding disclosure of energy usage during the calendar year.
The City also publishes a Quarterly Performance Measures Report to provide an update on the City's goals and objectives.
Fiscal Year 2014 First Quarter Performance Measures Report
Fiscal Year 2014 Second Quarter Performance Measures Report
Fiscal Year 2014 Third Quarter Performance Measures Report
Fiscal Year 2014 Fourth Quarter Performance Measures Report
Fiscal Year 2015 Second Quarter Performance Measures Report
Can't Find What You Are Looking For?
Under the Texas Public Information Act, residents of Rowlett have the right to request, in writing, official city documents through an Open Records Requests. The City Secretary is the official keeper of public records for the City of Rowlett. Note: Certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of the information.
There is no specific form required for submitting requests, but an online form is provided for your convenience. You may also submit your request via email, by fax at 972-412-6118, or by mail or in person to:
City of Rowlett
City Secretary's Office
P. O. Box 99
Rowlett, TX 75030-0099