Introducing the Easiest Way to Build Your Budget

September 14, 2016 – Zac Bookman

We’re excited to introduce OpenGov Budget Builder, the definitive tool for smart, streamlined budgeting. Budget Builder ensures a collaborative, coordinated budget process by offering a central place for your departments to submit proposals, budget teams to review submissions, and managers to present the budget to elected officials. Budget leaders nationwide are already using Budget Builder to deliver results for their agencies. These early users, like Budget Director Connie Maxwell of Burnet, Texas, have cut the time they spend working on the budget by over 50%. And they’ve reduced much of the clerical work required in the process—allowing them to focus on strategy!

In her own words, “Budget season has always been an ordeal—I worked late every night, plus through weekends. OpenGov has changed this entire process, giving me back my life and opening up enough time for me to focus on other priorities for the city. Gone are the days of digging around in spreadsheets and enduring lengthy proposal submission cycles. OpenGov has streamlined much of the clerical work involved in budgeting, and I could not be more grateful.”

If you’d like to see how you can be more strategic and learn how Budget Builder can help you in your budget process now, then I’d welcome the opportunity to show you. You’ll see how budget teams at cities like Burnet, Texas and Greenwood, Indiana have already saved countless hours during their recent budget cycles.

With Budget Builder, we set out to build something from the ground up that would transform how governments budget. Now you can:

  • Collaborate across your organization: Instead of sending dozens of spreadsheets back and forth by email, your departmental budget teams can submit proposals and supporting documents into a central online system. Your budget managers and analysts can then approve, comment on, or reject proposals. Managing the entire budget process on a secure, multi-user system reduces errors and enables all team members and stakeholders to stay synced.
  • Save time and focus on strategy: By eliminating the need to constantly reconcile dozens of spreadsheets in Excel, scour printed documents, and comb through email chains, Budget Builder lets your budget team and analysts spend their time focused on strategy and crafting a budget that delivers the best services to citizens.
  • Leverage integrated management reporting, open data, and transparency: Budget teams can create interactive Budget Milestone Reports to update elected officials and other stakeholders across the organization. After elected officials adopt a budget, your agency can report on performance against the budget, manage budget amendments, and share results with citizens.

The addition of Budget Builder rounds out our Smart Government platform—the world’s first integrated cloud solution for budgeting, reporting, and open data. From planning, to operating, to communicating with elected officials and citizens, OpenGov enables you to make data-driven decisions and improve outcomes.

Want to take a look? Or even see your data in OpenGov Budget Builder? Request a personalized demonstration and we’ll be delighted to speak with you.

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