In an effort to continue to enhance financial transparency, the City of Abilene is offering an interactive reporting tool that allows citizens to explore our budget data online in various graphical formats selected by the user. OpenGov, a California-based company specializing in financial transparency, pioneered this online application.
Financial Transparency Portal
This Financial Transparency Portal has been created for users to view financial data based on previous and current budgets. Information is included for prior Fiscal Year budgets and actuals, as well as the current budget and proposed budgets. Users can view the data and drill down to detailed expenses/revenues or view the information at the highest level. Users can also download the data into an Excel spreadsheet.
The City of Abilene also produces and distributes the budget electronically via the City's website. Online, you can find electronic copies of the current and historic Annual Budgets, Annual Financial Reports, and more on our Financial Transparency page.
Tip on Using OpenGov
The portal allows you to explore budget and historical finances in a simple graphical user interface. The main view includes a chart or graph, a legend, and various controls to view expenses by departments out of various funds.
Access the portal. You'll notice the title of the chart or graph you are viewing on top along with the account type selector. You can use the filter to see the data that is of most interest to you.
To focus on specific data - like a fund, department, expense type, or any combination - look to the left and use the menu on the side panel. These selectors allow you to specify exactly what breakdown you want the graph or table to represent. When you select
Filtered By the data filter pops up and allows you to turn on or turn off selected filters for that category - funds, departments, expense type. Keep in mind that some departments or expenses only receive funds from specific funds - if the department or expense is not funded from a particular fund, it will be grayed out.
Visual Representations of the Data
There are five different types of visual representations of the data:
- Area graph
- Area graph by percentage
- Line graph
- Pie chart
You can change your view at any time by simply selecting the different type of representation. The data will automatically convert. These functions are on the top right.
You can also download the data into a.csv spreadsheet or a.png image. You can share the data, in any view, on a social network or by email.