Blue Springs, Mo. – In an effort to promote transparency in information sharing, the City has launched a new digital platform powered by OpenGov that provides the public unprecedented access to the City’s statistical data.
“I am proud to say that our City’s financial information has always been accessible by the public,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “However, by partnering with OpenGov, we are now presenting the information in a way that can be easily visualized and shared.”
The OpenGov platform transforms complex statistics about City spending, income and investments into interactive charts and graphs allowing residents and stakeholders to better understand how the City spends and receives money.
“OpenGov makes it possible for users interact with and explore the budget in ways that were never before possible,” said Assistant City Administrator of Finances and Administrative Services Christine Cates. “By implementing this digital platform, we hope to achieve more financial transparency and provide more resources to our City leaders and staff.”
The user-friendly OpenGov setup allows individuals to easily explore the City’s long-term budget trends from the past 10 years as well as viewing the 2016 budget using a variety of filters including view by fund, department, expense, or revenue type. Users can also download information into an Excel document for offline analysis.
With today’s launch, Blue Springs is the first city in Missouri to join the growing list of more than 500 leading cities, counties, state agencies, school systems, and special districts across the country that leverage OpenGov technology to increase transparency in information sharing.
To access the OpenGov portal, visit www.bluespringsgov.com/opengov.
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