Stanton, California Successfully Informs the Public With OpenGov
POPULATION: 39,000 | AGENCY TYPE: City | ANNUAL BUDGET: $18.6 Million
“OpenGov made the process of going online very simple.”
Stephen Parker, Administrative Services Director, Stanton, CA
In 2014, Stanton’s City Council requested feedback from residents in surveys and convened a Blue Ribbon Commission to assess the city’s options. It recommended implementing a sales tax provision, which the city council unanimously decided to place on the ballot for the November 2014 election. Voters approved the one-cent sales tax, which took effect on April 1, 2015.
City Implemented OpenGov Following Sales Tax Increase
Stanton purchased OpenGov shortly after the voter-approved sales tax went into effect. OpenGov’s Customer Success team helped the city’s staff launch the platform, easily exporting the government’s accounting data from its Springbrook Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and importing it into OpenGov. “They made the process of going online with OpenGov simple,” Parker said. “It’s very easy. We extracted the financial information from our General Ledger, we verified the results, and we were up.”
Stanton’s Administrative Services Director, Stephen Parker, and his staff were eager to share information with the public about the sales tax they voted into effect. Thus the city launched the OpenGov Smart Government Platform and made reports publicly available to engage residents and provide access to the city’s finances. City officials and staff believed OpenGov would help tell Stanton’s story and help residents better understand the sales tax’s impact.