Perspective: WIS editorial on Columbia's finances

Columbia's city government is under fire for flagrant accounting and money management mistakes. Our city seems to teeter on the brink of insolvency. The news is of spending cuts, unexpected expenses and sketchy plans to correct the financial mess.

This fiscal mismanagement has generated cries for transparency in our city's spending practices. After all, it's our tax money! The city of Cayce has stepped up to the plate for its taxpayers by opening its books to the public on the internet. They plan to post a monthly check register of city purchases on the municipal website.

Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom commended Cayce, saying "the city is a trailblazer; leading the way in showing how all government will eventually do business." Anderson County and the town of Irmo have also begun posting their check registers on the internet, demonstrating that they, too, want to be accountable.

It's time for the Columbia City Council to do the same and usher in a new era of fiscal responsibility through transparent government. It would certainly go a long way toward restoring public trust. That's my perspective.  What's yours?