Northglenn, Colorado Finance Office Trail Blazes Operational Reporting
POPULATION: 36,000 | AGENCY TYPE: City | ANNUAL BUDGET: $50 Million
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“By giving directors and others within their departments a better understanding of the data that’s in the general ledger software, we have made it easier for them to draw up their budgets,” Loveland said. “It has saved us a tremendous amount of time over the old way of doing it without this tool.” He notes that OpenGov can help the team better manage Northglenn’s finances. “With OpenGov, it is easier to identify where we could be better allocating our resources.”
“With OpenGov, it’s easier to identify where we could be better allocating our resources.”
Jason Loveland, Director of Finance, Northglenn, CO
Reporting Non-Financial Data
To help gain better insight into the city’s water usage, Loveland created a report in OpenGov that displayed data on water consumption and production dating back to 1989. “We are producing and consuming the same amount of water as 25 years ago, but we keep acquiring water. I just wanted to know why,” Loveland said. He was the first OpenGov user to create this report, which was also one of the platform’s first Internet of Things” use cases. Sensors in the water treatment plant gather production data and report how much water is purified and sent out to the public for use. Sensors in the pipes collect consumption data by reading how much water each building uses, informing the city about whom to bill.