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CHECK IT OUT: Town's online Open Checkbook updated

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Open Checkbook, one of the town's online resources that lets you track budgets and spending, is back in business.

If you tried to reach the feature this summer, you saw it was undergoing maintenance for at least two months. No longer.

"The town is committed to continually increasing its level of transparency and the Open Checkbook initiative is an example of meeting that commitment," Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine said in a Sept. 11 news release. "When the opportunity to improve the service and lower the cost came along, we seized it. We continue to monitor industry trends for similar opportunities."

Updates to Arlington’s new Open Checkbook include a more intuitive user interface and compatibility with mobile devices.

Additionally, the content will be updated weekly, and town will save $11,000 annually. OpenCheck LLC of Springfield, Mass., is providing the service. The company provides similar services for Gardner and Northampton.

Originally launched in April 2015, Open Checkbook provides financial information about the town's expenditures to help residents better understand where the town spends its money. This interactive website can be used to search specifics of vendor payments by category, department and government area.

View the updated Open Checkbook, along with additional financial and budget information, at >>

This news announcement was published Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.

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