Washougal Delivers on Strategic Goals by Enhancing Financial Transparency
POPULATION: 14,750 | AGENCY TYPE: City | ANNUAL BUDGET: $52.4 Million
OpenGov visualizes half a decade of Washougal’s revenues and expenditures for half a decade, including proposed budget figures.
Finance Team Adopted OpenGov to Increase Financial Transparency
Morris and Forsberg, along with other directors in the city, researched transparency best practices and identified a suite of tools that together would allow residents to access their utility accounts online, submit anonymous requests for repairs throughout the city, and bring the city’s finances online for all to see in an easy-to-understand format.
Morris learned about the OpenGov Smart Government Cloud through a recommendation from nearby Othello, Washington’s finance director. “I watched the OpenGov tutorial, stopped halfway through, and went into my boss’s office to show it to her. When she saw it, she was immediately on board,” Morris explained.
After getting the city administrator’s sign-off, Morris brought Washougal’s finances online in a user-friendly format, powered by OpenGov. “It was such an easy implementation to do,” Morris said. “I didn’t need IT’s help to build the site,” Morris added. She estimated it took just six hours, start to finish, for her to complete the initial data uploads to the OpenGov platform.