The city of Mountain View recently debuted OpenGov, an online financial and budget transparency feature, at mountainview.opengov.com.
OpenGov offers budget reports at the level of detail desired by internal users and residents.
The resource provides a web-based data visualization tool that enables staff and other users to access, visualize and share financial data easily, including the budget, past years’ actual spending, salaries and benefits data.
According to city staff, the tool is flexible, interactive and provides detailed external reporting for public accountability.
With a few clicks of a button, stakeholders can drill into detailed historical expenses or revenues and choose which funds, programs and ledger items to view.
“OpenGov allows you to select, sort and display information in a variety of different ways,” said Patty Kong, the city’s finance and administrative services director. “Very quickly you can see trends and information by fund, department or expense type. This provides detailed information in an efficient and effective manner.”