California Controller Unveils Open Data Website on Local Government Finances
As part of his ongoing efforts to promote transparency in government, California Controller John Chiang recently unveiled a new open data website listing more than 13 million fields of financial data for cities and counties. The site, ByTheNumbers.sco.ca.gov, makes it easier for taxpayers to track revenues, expenditures, liabilities, assets, fund balances, and even basic statistics about each city and county.
“We’re moving government accountability and transparency out of the analog dark ages into the digital era where information about how much your city or county is spending and borrowing is available with a keystroke,” Chiang said. “By providing balance sheet details for every California municipality on one website and allowing users to slice and dice the information to spot trends and analyze spending, I hope to empower communities to become more involved in civic decision-making.”