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Budget proposal would force communities to submit spending reports for public view

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - If a state committee has its way, Wisconsinites would be able to see what hundreds of communities spend for their local services and projects.

The Joint Finance Committee voted 15-1 Wednesday to add its own proposal to the new state budget.

It would force all Wisconsin communities with over 5,000 residents to submit spending reports to Madison by July of 2015.

Those reports would be included in the new Open Book Web site that the Walker administration is creating to provide breakdowns on state government spending and contracts.

Republicans said the mandate would provide more transparency for taxpayers. Democrats said it would jack up property taxes, because the mandate does not provide state funding or training for the local leaders to comply with the new reporting.

Also, there’s no estimate on what it would cost.