BORGER, TX (KFDA) - Last year, the City of Borger planned to create a new type of annual report as part of one of their strategic pillars to increase community involvement.
Before creating the magazine-style document, the city would send out a list of department accomplishments in a Word Document.
“We were trying to decide what direction we wanted to go with it from that list of accomplishments," said Communications Manager for the City of Borger Marisa Montoya. “How we wanted to go about, not only disseminating that information, but what we wanted it to look like, what we wanted it to include, how long was it going to be.”
Annual financial reports are required by every city, but Borger city officials created what’s called a ‘Popular Annual Financial Report’, combining financial information with easy explanations.
“A Popular Annual Financial Report takes those accounting jargons and languages and kind of strips them out and presents information in a more graphical manner that’s easier for the average person to understand,” said Assistant to the Borger City Manager Garrett Spradling.
“They also have the story to go along with it. Here’s where your money went and also here is what the departments are doing with this money that we’re showing you that’s also in the Comprehensive Annual Report,” said Montoya.
The annual report is already available on the City of Borger website and the next step is to host town hall meetings to let people know where they can find a physical copy for themselves.
The report also received state recognition by the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.
Montoya will be one of three panelists to discuss the creation of the report at a conference in June.
“It’s creation, community impact, reactions, and what went into, since this was our first year doing it, what went into everything behind that and how we went about doing that,” she said.
“What this, the recognition at the state level shows, is that these are important and they’re wanting our impact and the lessons learned from our experience so that we can help other cities create the same type of document to increase that transparency amongst all government and general trust and local municipalities as a whole,” said Spradling.