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Village of Vinton Receives Recognition for Transparency Efforts from Texas Comptroller

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced Village of Vinton is the latest local government entity to achieve specific transparency goals through the Comptroller’s Transparency Stars program.

The Village of Vinton received a star in the area of Traditional Finances, which recognizes entities for their outstanding efforts in making their spending and revenue information available.

Transparency Stars recognizes local government entities that provide easy online access to important financial data.

“By providing meaningful financial data in addition to visual tools and analysis of its revenues and expenditures, Village of Vinton has shown a true commitment to Texas taxpayers. This effort achieves the goals set by my office’s Transparency Stars program,” Hegar said. “I am pleased to award Village of Vinton a star for its accomplishments.”

The Comptroller’s office launched the Transparency Stars program in March 2016 to recognize cities, counties and school districts making important strides to greater government transparency. Local government entities can apply for stars in the areas of:

  • Traditional Finances,
  • Contracts and Procurement,
  • Economic Development,
  • Public Pensions, and
  • Debt Obligations.

After receiving an initial star for Traditional Finances, remaining stars may be awarded in any order. For more information on the program, including specific guidelines and information on how to apply, visit the Comptroller’s Transparency Stars website.

Vinton Snags $7.7m in USDA Funds for Municipal Water System Project

The USDA has awarded the Village of Vinton $7,714,000 in funds for the municipal water system project—$4,805,000 is a grant and $2,909,000 is a low interest loan.

 The project includes capacity buy-in with the El Paso Water system and construction of distribution and service lines that will provide service to approximately 249 households in Phase I. An additional 171 connections are planed for Phase II.

This project will address the arsenic contamination of an existing system that currently serves 40 –50 households and first time water service to others.

USDA officials say Mr. John Perkins, the Area Director for USDA Rural Development will make the official announcement on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm, at the Village of Vinton City Hall. Also expected to attend are representatives from the Office of U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke, Office of State Sen. José Rodriguez, Office of State Representative Joe Moody, and Vinton Mayor Manuel Leos.