Meridian, Idaho Promotes Transparency and Facilitates Stronger Citizen Engagement with OpenGov
POPULATION: 98.300 | AGENCY TYPE: City | ANNUAL BUDGET: $154 Million
The City of Meridian’s reports in OpenGov make the City’s financial reporting dynamic instead of static PDFs.
City of Meridian leaders often spoke over the years of “humanizing data” – translating financial jargon into user-friendly information. This included a desire to utilize charts and graphs. “We believe that our community will understand pictures (charts and graphs) better than numbers on a 500-page financial report, and that’s what we mean by ‘humanizing data,’” Lavoie said.
“The efficiency and accuracy from a finance standpoint are important, and there are nearly zero man hours needed to keep the website up to date and error free.”
Todd Lavoie, Chief Financial Officer, Meridian, Idaho
After researching various software solutions for nearly seven years, including an internally-developed option, Meridian chose to implement OpenGov for its citizen-friendly interface and dynamic reporting functionalities. “Getting the data into a better format for the general public was the goal, and that’s what OpenGov did for us,” Lavoie said. With OpenGov, Meridian shifted to dynamic reporting by presenting the City’s data from its existing financial system into the cloud-based platform. This provided the public with greater access to critical information. “Reports can be automatically updated daily,” said Lavoie. “The efficiency and accuracy from a finance standpoint are important, and there are nearly zero man hours needed to keep the website up to date and error free.”