RIPLEY, W.Va. — Jackson County is the latest county to consider participating in a State Auditor’s Office program that monitors county finances.
State Auditor JB McCuskey was in Jackson County recently, in front of the commission, clerks and sheriff to discuss his Project Mountaineer program. The agency offers the program to city and county authorities; an online tool allows the public to track spending. McCuskey told MetroNews that 46 of the state’s 55 counties have installed the program.
“I think they understand that this technology will give all of them a window into the district’s finances that they’ve never had before and make them more effective public servants,” McCuskey said in explaining the district’s openness to using the tool.
McCuskey has been successful since its launch in 2019 and cities are starting to call his office asking to build the site. McCuskey said about 30 websites have been built through Project Mountaineers and another 50 to 60 municipalities are waiting to be built.
The state auditor added that elected officials want to be open with finances because it gives them an opportunity to tell the story and rebuild trust.
“It gives them a way to communicate with their constituents that shows how citizens’ tax dollars are being spent and how public officials are delivering on their campaign promises,” McCuskey said.