The City of Creswell Opens Books with Launch of Budget Transparency Tool!

The City of Creswell announced Monday, June 13, 2016 at the City Council Meeting, the launch of a new digital platform powered by OpenGov that provides residents, elected officials, and staff unprecedented access to the City’s finances and performance information. The OpenGov platform transforms complex financial data into an interactive, digital format that enables better analysis and understanding of the city’s finances. The intuitive design makes it easier to explore how taxpayer money is collected. The platform may be accessed at https://creswellor.opengov.com.

The OpenGov platform displays four (4) 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. For example, visitors to the platform may answer frequently asked questions such as “What did the city spend on Public Safety over the past four (4) years?” or “How much did the city collect on Property Taxes?” and then share that information directly from the platform via email or on social media.

City staff under the direction of City Council led the initiative to make the city’s finances more transparent and understandable.

City Councilor Richard Zettervall remarked, “The addition of this aspect of transparent City Government is nothing less than fantastic!”

“By making its financial data easily accessible in an intuitive, digital format, the city 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, the City of Creswell can also use OpenGov internally to create custom reports, manage operations to budget, and keep administrators informed. With today’s launch, the City of Creswell joins a growing list of more than 1,000 leading cities, counties, state agencies, school systems, and special districts across the country that leverage OpenGov technology.