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Lexington government’s payroll, purchase orders to be online next spring

Staff Report

Lexington’s checkbook will soon be online.

Lexington has been selected to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities data initiatives, which are aimed at helping cities use data to make more informed and transparent decisions.

As part of that initiative, the city’s payroll and its purchase orders — what it’s buying — will be available online by late March through the city’s website, Lexingtonky.gov. Lexington was one of 13 cities invited to participate in the What Works Cities data initiative. The initiative will allow the city to tap Bloomberg experts to convert its data and put it online.

Lexington chief information officer Aldona Valicenti said Lexington is putting more information online, including mapping data. “This partnership with What Works Cities will allow us to continue that commitment and enhance transparency by adding new data sets to the city’s website,” Valicenti said. The city also is overhauling its website.

The $42 million What Works Cities initiative was launched in April 2015 by Bloomberg Philanthropies.