The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts' Transparency Stars program recognizes local governments for going above and beyond in their transparency efforts. The program recognizes government entities that accomplish the following:
Open their books not only in their traditional finances, but also in the areas of contracts and procurement, economic development, public pensions and debt obligations; and
Provide clear and meaningful financial information not only by posting financial documents, but also through summaries, visualizations, downloadable data and other relevant information.
The City of Lancaster is making great strides in the effort to receive a 5-Star rating in each of these five categories: Traditional Finance, Contracts & Procurement, Economic Development, Public Pensions, and Debt Obligation.