David Chiu proposes searchable online government spending database for San Francisco 

San Francisco's $6.8 billion budget is “complicated” and “it’s often difficult for even public officials to get a clear picture of where we are spending the public’s money,” Board of Supervisors President David Chiu said Tuesday.

Chiu wants to do something to bring more transparency to the spending of taxpayer dollars. On Tuesday, he requested legislation be drafted to create “a searchable user-friendly online database on the use of all public funds.”

Chiu said that “transparency of this kind would help to increase the confidence of our constituents and our government and to allow them to serve as better informed critics when they see fit. This is a database that will hopefully lead to a more informative dialogue between the public and our government. There are many states, counties and cities around the country that have already implemented some version of an online budget database.”

The database proposal comes as San Francisco is facing budget shortfalls for years to come, and with that, debates over how to spend the limited dollars.

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