Comptroller launches budget transparency online database

John Liu

John Liu (Credit: City Comptroller John Liu (Getty Images))

Being able to peek at the city's ledger has gotten a whole lot easier.

City Comptroller John Liu launched an improved version of the "Checkbook NYC" online database Wednesday, which lists all of the expenditures for more than 100 city agencies.

The new website, checkbooknyc.com, includes an easier-to-use interface, historical information and apps that monitor spending, contracts and payroll costs.

"With out-of-control cost overruns and a growing public sense that tax dollars are not funding real priorities, this application could not have come sooner," Liu said in a statement.

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