Texas Comptroller Susan Combs is pleased to announce the launch of the Leadership Circle Program to recognize local governments across Texas for setting the standard for financial transparency online. The Leadership Circle program recognizes three levels of financial transparency: gold, silver and bronze. Local government entities in Texas can apply for one of the designations through a self-scoring evaluation form. The three levels of designation are designed to positively recognize the efforts of local governments and to support and encourage further development of transparency.

As a kick-off for the new program, Comptroller Combs recently recognized the City of Tyler, Smith County, and the Tyler Independent School District (ISD) with a gold Leadership Circle designation; Arp ISD, Chapel Hill ISD, and Lindale ISD received the bronze designation.

The Comptroller's office is encouraging local governments across the state to complete the online self-scoring form to claim their Leadership Circle designation. The self-scoring form, details, and instructions are available on the Texas Transparency Check-Up Web site at

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