OpenGov Navigation Tips
To view the budget, the recommended browsers are Chrome or Firefox and in maximum screen width.
All graphs and tables in the Proposed Budget can be found in our Transparency Portal. OpenGov allows you to explore budget and historical finances in a simple graphical user interface.
Transparency Portal Guide
1. Title of the chart or graph you are viewing is in the top left.
2. You can use the Show drop-down to see the data that is of most interest to you or explore the prepopulated filters under Views.
3. Use the Broken Down By drop-down to specify the category you would like the data organized by in your chart or graph.
4. Select the Filtered By option to view the data filters. These filters will allow you select exactly which data you want to include, or exclude, from your graph or chart.
- Use the Search function within each filter to find exactly what you are looking for.
5. There are five different types of visual representations of the data you may select:
- A stacked percentage graph to see percentage changes over time
- A stacked graph to visualize overall trends over time
- A line graph overlaying each trend over time
- A pie chart to view percentage breakdowns by year
- A bar chart comparing trends and percentage breakdowns over time
6. Below any chart or graph, you can view a Table detailing the financial information in the visualization above.
7. Use the Help drop-down in the top right corner to:
- View a short How-To Guide with tips on navigating the platform
- Recall the Welcome Screen
- View a short Budget 101 primer with basic information on multi-fund accounting
- Contact the administrators of the account
8. Use the Share drop-down in the top right corner to:
- Share your customized graph or chart through social media
- Send a link to your customized graph or chart through email
- Download an image of the graph or table as a .png file
- Download a spreadsheet as a .csv file
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is OpenGov?
A: OpenGov is a financial transparency website which displays government finances over a multi-year period. The default view displays usually displays expenses broken down by department.
Q: How do I select the data I want to see?
A. To focus on specific data — like a fund, department, expense type, or any combination — use the menu on the left side panel. The “Broken Down By” drop-down allows you to specify which breakdown you want the graphs and table rows to represent on the graph. You can analyze the expense and revenues data by fund, department, or type.
Q: Can I select more than one fund or department?
A. Yes. Use the Data Filter on the left side panel to make specific selections within the data. The Data Filter shows you the hierarchical relationships of Funds, Departments, and Account Types. You'll notice the title of the graph you are viewing on top along with the account type selector. You can use the filter to see the data of most interest to you.
Q: How do I see the actual numbers within the graph?
A. Hover over any area of the graph to see the actual or budgeted amounts for that period. Or, just scroll down to see a table with detailed information below the graph.
Q: Can I see the data in a different graph?
A. In the upper right hand corner, you will see options for the different graphs and tables. There are five graph types: an area graph, an area graph by percentage, a line graph, a pie graph, and a bar chart. Additionally, there is always a table view below any graph. The table allows you to zoom-in on the detailed financial data selected in the chart or graph above.
Q: Can I save the data I am looking at?
A. Yes, there are Share and Download buttons in the upper right corner. You can share any view on a social network or by email. There are also options to download the displayed data in .csv spreadsheet and .png image formats. Additionally, you can copy and paste the url at the top of the page you are viewing.