From the Cochran County Auditor's Office: “We are honored to receive the Platinum Award for financial transparency from the Texas Comptroller’s office,” said Cochran County Auditor Danny Wiseley. “We believe in open government and feel it is important for our taxpayers to know how we are spending their money. Opening our books and posting our financial information online is easy and has actually saved us time because we can quickly direct people to our website when they call for information. They are tickled to death the information is out there.”
What they left out was: We wouldn’t have been able to win this award without the help of the staff of the County Information Resources Agency, as they maintain the site and do a very good job of updating the site when we send them the information. We are a very small county and have no IT staff at all. We build spreadsheets and word processing documents, convert them to .pdf files and email them to CIRA. They do the rest.
The CIRA email service is excellent, and would be even better if more people understood the domain naming standards for cities and counties. Most think we are starting over when we spell “@co.cochran” but that’s a small complaint. The spam and virus filters seem to do a very good job.