Budget info posted online for most Miss. counties

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A nonprofit group is making it easier for Mississippians to see how most counties are spending public money.

The Mississippi Center for Public Policy has updated its website — seethespending.org — to include six years of information about spending in 62 of the 82 counties.

The center used Public Records requests to gather information.

Director Forest Thigpen says Hinds is the only county in the state that ignored the request. He says 19 counties have said it might be difficult to provide the data in electronic form.

Thigpen says people can search the website to see payments counties have made for everything from office supplies to elected officials’ travel expenses.

The Mississippi Center for Public Policy has posted state agencies’ budget information online since September 2010.