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Councilwoman Cyndi Lamm said Wednesday that as mayor she will put the city’s checkbook online in "an effort to restore confidence in city government." 

By doing so, Lincoln would join several other cities that make nonconfidential transactions available online, Lamm said in a news release.

“Citizens deserve to know how our city government is spending their money,” said Lamm, a candidate for mayor. “By putting the city’s checkbook online, they will be able to see what our priorities are and see how the priorities are linked to spending and revenue.

"If you want to know where your wheel taxes are being spent, that data will be available in an easy to understand format.”

With more information about the city budget available to the public, Lamm said she would expect greater input from citizens during City Council budget hearings. 

“My goal is to have the most open and transparent administration Lincoln residents have ever seen. No more finding pots of money. It will be all accounted for and applied appropriately,” Lamm said.

Lamm said when possible "we will return extra revenue to our hard-working taxpayers.”

Some of the cites that make their checkbook available in some format online include Boston; Denver; Houston; Palo Alto, California; New Haven, Connecticut; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Nancy Hicks reports on Lincoln city government, but she’s been following the leaders of local and state government for more than 40 years.

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