City of San Diego Debuts Financial Transparency Platform

Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer announced today the launch of a new financial analysis platform powered by OpenGov.com, which gives the public unprecedented access to city budget data. The online platform provides San Diego residents, elected officials and staff instant online access to the City’s proposed fiscal year 2016 budget. OpenGov’s analysis and visualization tools make it easy for everyone to see how taxpayer money would be allocated in the proposed budget. The platform may be accessed at http://budget.sandiego.gov.

The OpenGov platform displays the fiscal year 2016 proposed budget broken down by operating and capital reports in a user-friendly, online portal. Users can explore multiple views of budget data, including by fund, department, expense or revenue type. For example, in just a few clicks, users may answer frequently asked questions, such as “How much does the City spend on public safety?” or “What will the City spend on parks?” and then share the information directly from the platform via e-mail or social media.

Mayor Faulconer led the initiative to make the City’s finances more understandable and accessible.

“Openness and transparency aren’t just buzzwords; in San Diego we’re opening the books for the public to see. The interactive OpenGov platform supports the City of San Diego’s mission to use technology to be more innovative and customer service oriented,” Mayor Faulconer said. “It is a valuable tool to help San Diegans easily understand how their money goes toward streets, parks, libraries, public safety and more.”

“The City of San Diego is setting the standard for financial transparency by making its budget data easily accessible in an intuitive, digital format,” said Zachary Bookman, CEO and co-founder of OpenGov. “The speed at which San Diego developed and launched their site was very impressive. The City’s OpenGov platform was built in a matter of days as a result of a fantastic and efficient collaboration with the cross-functional team in San Diego.”

With today’s release, the City of San Diego joins more than 275 leading cities, counties, state agencies, school systems, and special districts across the country that leverage OpenGov technology.


Published: April 29, 2015