Albany County, Wyoming Debuts Interactive Financial Transparency Platform

OpenGov platform engages residents with instant access to budget and actual data

Public Service Announcement

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT - (April 11, 2016)

 Laramie, Wyoming - Albany County announced today the launch of a new digital platform powered by OpenGov that provides residents, elected officials and staff unprecedented access to the county’s finances. The OpenGov platform transforms complex financial data into an interactive, digital format that enables better analysis and understanding of the county’s finances. The intuitive design makes it easier to explore how taxpayer money is collected and spent. The platform may be accessed at https://albanycountywy.opengov.com.

The OpenGov platform displays 11 years of government spending and revenue detail in a user-friendly portal. Users can view historical revenue and expenditure trends over time and explore multiple views of financial data, including by fund, department, expense, or revenue type. The current year report provides insight into spending and revenues year-to-date. For example, visitors to the platform may answer frequently asked questions such as “What did the County spend on salaries over the past 11 years?” or “How much did the County collect on property taxes?” and then share that information directly from the platform via email or on social media.

The Albany County Board of Commissioners led the initiative to make the County’s finances more transparent and understandable.

“OpenGov will be an amazing tool both internally and for the public to analyze budgets and County finances. The County is always working towards increased transparency and bettering our communication with our citizens” stated Tim Sullivan, Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.

“By making its financial data easily accessible in an intuitive, digital format, the County is demonstrating its commitment to efficient, data-driven and open government, “commented Zac Bookman, CEO and co-founder of OpenGov.

Beyond sharing information with the public, county offices and staff can also use OpenGov internally to create custom reports, manage operations to budget, and keep administrators informed. With today’s launch Albany County joins a growing list of more than 500 leading cities, counties, state agencies, school systems, and special districts across the country that leverage OpenGov technology.

 

Posted by IT Department April 11, 2016 Categories: Clerk commissioners PSA Treasurer
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