WAYNE, W.Va.— West Virginia State Auditor JB McCuskey was at the Wayne County
Commission meeting Monday as commissioners voted unanimously to take part in Project
Mountaineer, to make all spending transparent and easily accessible to the public.
Project Mountaineer, through WVCheckbook.gov, is a free accounting tool maintained by the WV State Auditor’s Office and offered to county and city governments to ensure citizens and elected officials have real-time information about how tax dollars are spent.
“I want to thank the Wayne County Commissioners for valuing transparency and enthusiastically voting to join Project Mountaineer,” Auditor JB McCuskey said. “I have made it my mission to make West Virginia the most transparent state in the country. Our first step was to make state spending accessible to everyone, now, Project Mountaineer is allowing local governments to open their books to the public through an easy-to-use web portal, and its heartening to see so many local governments choosing to join.”
“We are eager to begin the implementation of the Project Mountaineer Program in Wayne County, which many of us have referred to as the WV Open Checkbook. Acceptance was unanimously approved by our Commission, and we are eager to have our staff trained so that we can begin to utilize the benefits of the program. For each Commissioner it was an easy decision, we are all about transparency to the taxpayers of Wayne County,” Wayne County Commission President Jeff Maddox said.
Participation in Project Mountaineer is not mandated. To date, 42 county commissions across the state have voted to join.
Visit WVCheckbook.gov to view state spending. County and City sites can be found under the
“Local Government Transparency” link.