This is the first year for the Comptroller’s office to offer the upgraded award from gold to platinum, making platinum the highest ranking a local government can receive. TISD also maintained the gold award, the highest available up to this year, prior to the change.
The Platinum Leadership Circle Award is reserved for those local governments that have met the Comptroller’s highest standard for online financial transparency.
“It is an honor to receive such a prestigious award for financial transparency,” TISD Director of Business Services Becky Wesson said. “The District has a long-standing commitment to careful management of taxpayer money. We work hard to make sure every dollar counts.”
Following guidelines set by the Texas Comptroller Leadership Program, TISD has worked to become financially transparent by opening its books to the public; providing clear, consistent pictures of spending; and sharing information in a user-friendly format that lets taxpayers easily drill down for more information.
TISD’s financial transparency website, which can be accessed through the district website (terrellisd.org), provides the public the ability to sort through a variety of financial documents. TISD staff members update the information online on a regular basis.