MORGANTOWN \u2014 Monongalia County is the first in the state to launch a localized version of the <a href="http:\/\/wvcheckbook.gov">wvcheckbook.gov<\/a> website spearheaded by West Virginia Auditor JB McCuskey.\r\nMcCuskey was on hand Wednesday as the Monongalia County Commission announced the launch of <a href="https:\/\/monongaliacountywv.opengov.com\/transparency#\/24705\/query=97691B7621C2D76754B8F2356F5CB339&embed=n">monongaliacountywv.opengov.com<\/a>.\r\nThe sites are an effort to put details of government spending online, providing a searchable, real-time accounting of expenditures.\r\n\u201cMonongalia County wasn\u2019t just first, you were first by a lot. You jumped in with both feet. I\u2019m proud of the work you guys did and I\u2019m proud to be partnering with you guys,\u201d McCuskey said.\r\nMcCuskey previously explained that the state\u2019s contract with Opengov is worth about $300,000. It\u2019s because of that contract that the localized sites are available for a nominal cost. Commissioner Sean Sikora said the commission has yet to be billed for the site, but was previously told it would cost about $3,000.\r\nSikora said the county\u2019s site has data from the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years, but is still a work in progress. He said data involving salaries is still being loaded onto the site.\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s a very user-friendly site.\u2019 You\u2019ll be able to see every penny that was actually spent in the county,\u201d Sikora said. \u201cAgain, we want the public to see this. We want the public to go in and tweak it.\u201d\r\nThe site also includes a method for requesting additional information.\r\n\u201cSay for this particular transaction you wanted to ask a question about it. You\u2019d put your name in and send what your question is, and we\u2019ll look at it and reply,\u201d Sikora said.\r\nAdditionally, frequently accessed data \u2014 like West Virginia Supreme Court spending on the state\u2019s site \u2014 can be linked on the website\u2019s landing page. McCuskey said the supreme court link will soon be replaced with a link that compiles spending tied to the state\u2019s Roads to Prosperity Program.\r\nMcCuskey said he\u2019s visited with 31 county commissions in recent weeks and is hopeful every county in the state will have its own site by the end of 2019.\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s so great to see the work we\u2019re doing start to come to fruition, because it only works if it\u2019s everywhere,\u201d he said.