Financial Transparency Tool

Introduction to the transparency tool features

Introduction

In an effort to provide a more inclusive and transparent data, the City of Deerfield Beach is pleased to present our Financial Transparency portal. The City of Deerfield Beach partnered with OpenGov to provide a web-based financial transparency and intelligence tool that dynamically presents the city revenues and expenses, from historical trends to line item level details. By using the financial transparency platform, residents and staff have around-the-clock access and a better presentation of the City of Deerfield Beach budget and actuals. For additional context and descriptions of the city departments and programs, please refer to our Budget document online.

Step-by-Step

The Financial Transparency tools allows you to explore budget and historical finances in a simple graphical user interface. By clicking the graph on the right, it will take the user to the main view, which includes a graph, legend, and various controls to view expenses by departments out of all funds.

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. The views tab is a list of common or favorite views on each report.

To focus on specific data — like a fund, department, expense type, or any combination — use the menu on the side panel. The "Breakdown by" allows you to specify which breakdown you want the graphs and table rows to represent on the graph. The "Data Filter" shows you the hierarchical relationships of Funds, Departments, and Account Types.


Types of visuals

There are five different types of visual representations of the data:

  • A stacked percentage graph to see percentage changes over time.
  • A stacked line graph to visualize overall trends over time.
  • A line graph overlaying each trend over time.
  • A pie chart to view percentage breakdowns by year. To view data for other years move the slider below the pie chart.
  • A bar chart comparing trends and percentage breakdowns over time.

Below any chart or graph, you can view a Table detailing the financial information in the visualization above.

Share, Help & Download

Use the share drop-down in the top right corner to share customized graphs or charts through social media or send link through an email.


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-funding account
  • Contact the City of Deerfield Beach for assistance.

Use the download drop-down in the top right corner to download an image of the graph or a spreadsheet as a csv file.