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North Myrtle Beach posts check registers online

North Myrtle Beach has joined other area municipalities in putting its check registers online so taxpayers can better keep up with the city's expenditures.

So far, the city has posted expenditures for the first 26 days of this month. It is not clear how often the information will be updated.

Nicole Aiello, the city's spokeswoman, did not respond to a request for information.

For the period March 1-26, the city issued 606 checks totaling $2,618,970, according to the online information. Expenditures this month included:

$3,640 in health insurance subsidies for the seven members of City Council;

$6,281.25 to Gignilliat, Savitz and Bettis LLP, a Columbia law firm that represents the city in lawsuits against former employees;

$10,500 to The Mercer Group, which is conducting searches for a new city manager and public safety director;

$500 in health insurance deductible reimbursements to William Bailey, the city's former public safety director who was demoted to lieutenant in January after admitting he lied about a crime;

The check registers can be found on the city's web site at www.nmb.us. From the home page, click on "departments" and then click on "finance."

North Myrtle Beach joins Horry County, Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach among the area governments that now post their check registers online.

The city also has restored archived news releases and archived minutes of council and planning commission meetings. That information was restored to the city's Web site following a report last week in The Sun News in which an expert on the state's Freedom of Information Act criticized city officials for a lack of accountability.

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