Citizens can now see city spending on a daily basis through a new "Open Financial Information" link on the city website. A second new link, "Financial Dashboard Report," provides an overall summary of major city revenue collections and areas of spending.
Both links are intended to give citizens better access to information about city operations, says City Manager Lee Garrity. "The City Council is committed to transparency and openness in city government," Garrity said. "These new links make it possible for anyone to see what the city pays for its day-to-day operations." The links initially will be available through the city home page. They are also available on the Finance Department page, where they will be permanently located.
The Open Financial Information link opens a window with a drop-down menu for the city's General Fund and 11 other funds, such as the Solid Waste Disposal Fund, that finance city operations. Users can go into each fund and click down to see spending to date for any department or any particular line item.
The Financial Dashboard Report link opens a window to a monthly overview of the city budget, revenue collection, and spending to date.
In addition to keeping citizens informed, city vendors who become familiar with the system can use it to see whether their invoice has been paid. The system will also make it easier for department heads and other city employees to keep track of their operating budgets.
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