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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, October 7, 2014

City of Santa Barbara Launches Online Financial Transparency Tool

City Launches Online Financial Transparency Tool

SANTA BARBARA, CA – 10/7/2014

The City of Santa Barbara has launched OpenGov, a new online financial transparency system available through the City’s website.
To improve transparency, OpenGov was developed to help make government finances more understandable by the general public. The new tool displays financial data in a user-friendly platform, with interactive charts and graphics, accessible to the public via website. OpenGov has implemented their financial transparency platform with numerous governmental agencies throughout the United States and California.

“Transparency is fundamental to good government. Through this partnership with OpenGov, residents will have new insight and access to our City’s financial information.” said Mayor Helene Schneider.

The system offers two major views:

· Annual – shows the City’s financial activity by year from Fiscal Year 2010 to Fiscal Year 2015

· Current Year – shows the City’s financial activity by month and year through the most current month of closed financial activity. This includes monthly data from Fiscal Year 2010 to Fiscal Year 2015

Both views allow the public to dynamically graph the City’s financial activity by fund, department, project, and expense type. You can access the new financial transparency system at www.SantaBarbaraCA.gov/OpenGov.

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