By KAROLYN GEPHART
The City of Pearland’s Finance Department earned state recognition recently from the Comptroller’s office for achieving transparency goals set by the State’s Transparency Stars Program.
The City was awarded two stars for its work reporting and maintaining financial data related to contracts. procurements and public pensions.
The award marks the third and fourth stars that the City of Pearland has received from the Texas Comptroller, according to City officials.
Pearland was awarded Transparency Stars earlier this year in recognition of its work in the areas of Traditional Finance and Debt. Now, the City has earned four out of five Transparency Stars from the program.
“The City of Pearland should be congratulated for its ongoing commitment to greater public trust. This effort achieves the goals set by our Transparency Stars program,” State Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. “By embracing this effort, the City of Pearland has taken an important step toward improving taxpayer access to essential information.”
The Transparency Stars program was created in 2016 to recognize cities, counties, school districts and special purpose districts who offer greater government transparency.
Local entities can be rewarded for their work for up to five stars in the categories of Traditional Finances, Contracts and Procurement, Economic Development, Public Pensions and Debt Obligations.
For more on Pearland’s Financial Transparency go to the City’s Financial Transparency Page at www.pearlandtx.gov.