“We’re excited about this interactive tool which allows citizens to explore budget and other financial data online,” said City Manager Martin Tuttle. “ OpenGov takes the guesswork out of tracking City spending, and we invite the community to explore the budget using this handy application.”
The City joins more than 1,500 public agencies across the country using the OpenGov service to enhance transparency and engagement in financial reporting.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some quick FAQs to get you started...
- What is the Police Department spending over the years?
- What is the Fire Department spending over the years?
- What are Public Works Expenses?
Tips on How to Use The Portal
Here are some general tips on how to use the Transparency Portal...
- The Portal allows you to explore budget and historical finances in a simple graphical user interface. The main view (shown above) includes a chart or graph, a legend and various controls to view expenses by departments out of various funds.
- You'll notice the title of the chart or graph you are viewing on top along with the account type selector. You can use the filter to see the data that is of most interest to you.
- To focus on specific data - like a fund, department, expense type, or any combination - look to the left and use the menu on the side panel. These selectors allow you to specify exactly what breakdown you want the graph or table to represent. When you select "Filtered By" the data filter pops up and allows you to turn on or turn off selected filters for that category - funds, departments, expense type.
- Keep in mind that some departments or expenses only receive funds from specific funds - if the department or expense is not funded from a particular fund, it will be grayed out.
- There are five different types of visual representations of the data - an area graph, an area graph by percentage, a line graph, a pie graph and a table. You can change your view by type at any point by simply selecting the different type of representation. The data will automatically convert. These functions are on the top right.