Officials recently approved the purchase of financial software with the goal of making scores of City financial data easier to read.
The software, titled OpenGov, reportedly organizes and visualizes data in an east-to-comprehend format, listing it by fund type, department, or account type. A one-year trial period was approved at a cost of $1,788.
OpenGov, offered by Delphi, would complement the annual budget document already provided to the public in PDF form.
"I think it would be good for our citizens, if they wanted to know this, if they went in and used it. But I wonder how much people would actually go in and look at this," said Council Member Chris Koerber.
Since officials felt the implementation's success hinged on whether the public would utilize the online software, they agreed to try OpenGov for one year.
To see examples of the implementation of OpenGov at other cities, click the link.