Platform provides increased accessibility and financial transparency
The City of Newport News has launched an online financial analysis platform that provides citizens unprecedented access to the city’s budget information. The program transforms volumes of raw financial data into an interactive, digital format, enabling better analysis and understanding of the city’s budget and making it easier for everyone to see how taxpayer money is collected and spent. The Open Budget Portal can be accessed at www.nnva.gov/openbudget.
“We are excited about providing our citizens with this opportunity to become more engage in local government through increased accessibility to the city’s financial records,” said City Manager Jim Bourey. “This tool transforms difficult to understand budget data into an intuitive, digital format that further demonstrates our commitment to transparent government.”
The Open Budget Portal displays government spending and revenue detail on a month by month basis, if desired, in a user-friendly format. Users can view historical revenue and expenditure trends over time and explore multiple views of budget data, including by fund, department, expense or revenue type. For example, visitors to the platform may answer frequently asked questions such as “what did the city spend on salaries and benefits over the past five years?”
The information searched by citizens can be shared through various social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter. The site also contains a messaging link to the City for more in-depth information if requested. The portal currently includes financial data back to Fiscal Year 2012, with additional prior years data will be coming online in the near future.