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TYLER (KYTX) - Government debt in Texas has skyrocketed more than 120 percent in 10 years.

It stands at about 233 billion dollars, which taxpayers must eventually pay.

Even spending is bigger in the state of Texas.

The debt rate rose 126% from 2001 t0 2011.

The State Comptroller's office is calling on all governments to make it easier for the public to see how they're spending.

The hope is with taxpayers helping to keep an eye on government spending, the debt won't keep mounting.

"Ultimately the tax payer is paying for this on different levels," says R.J. DeSilva, a spokesman for the Comptroller's office.

Mayor Barbara Bass says Tyler is in a better place fiscally than most cities of the same size.

"Programs like lean sigma a program where we have gone in to create efficiency and effectiveness in our process to save the tax payer money," says Mayor Barbara Bass.

In fact, Tyler this year was able to lower the property tax rate.

Just like when you or I write a check to pay for a debt, we like to write it down and keep track. State Comptroller Susan Combs is asking for the same thing from cities and counties, to be transparent. Something the City of Tyler has done for years.

"You can see audit reports, you can see our budgets, and you can see our check runs for every check run we post on our website," says Mayor Bass.

And the comptrollers office is giving taxpayers a jump start with a spending report.

"To help them not only make decisions when they go to the ballot box, but to also ask questions," says DeSilva.

So there are no questions where your money goes.

For more information go here.

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