The Town of Brownsburg has launched a new tool, OpenGov, to provide residents with more access to the budget.
OpenGov allows you to explore budget and historical finances. The main view 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.
To focus on specific data — like a fund, department or expense type — use the menu on the side panel in OpenGov. 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.
In the "Data Filter," you can see that, if a particular department never gets money from a particular fund, selecting only that department will gray out the fund.
There are five graph types overall: an area graph, an area graph by percentage, a line graph, a pie graph, and a table. 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.
Finally, to learn more about specific department funds, locate the "Stories" section on the top left corner. This provides an in-depth look at each expense type budgeted for that specific department.