The Town of Abingdon has partnered with OpenGov.com to enhance access, understanding and analysis of the Town’s annual budget and operations. This partnership also expands the Town’s efforts to provide financial information to the citizens of the Town.
The following are a few frequently asked questions:
Q: What is OpenGov?
A: OpenGov is a financial transparency website which displays the Town’s finances over a five year period. The budget and expenses for all town departments and divisions are presented in the graph form.
Q: How do I select the data I want to see?
A: On the left side of the page, there is a display option. Click the drop down menu and the choices are: Funds, departments and expense types. You can further select the data under the filter option, below the display option. In this, you can select the funds and departments you want to see as well as the expenditures or revenues associated with these options.
Q: Why are there sometimes spikes in one year out of a five year period?
A: In reviewing the budgets, you may see spikes in the individual years; this can be due to unexpected expenses such as a hard winter, equipment failure, a mandated service change from the State, a specific event that required additional funds, etc.
Q: What will the revenue graphs show?
A: Revenue is shown that details the effect of changes in State government funding to localities, property taxes, other local taxes, fees, grants, interest, etc.
Q: How do I see the actual numbers within the graph?
A: There are various ways to see this. you can scroll over the graph or on the individual items on the left side of the graph. There is also a chart on the bottom of the page that shows the data.
Q: Can I save the data I am looking at?
A: Yes, there is a download button on the upper right hand corner. The data can be saved as a table or a spreadsheet.
Q: Can I see the data in various illustrations?
A: There are various graphs and tables that you can view. In the upper right hand corner, you will see options for the different graphs and tables. Among there are: Stacked percentage graph, bar graph, stacked graph, pie graph and a table.
Q: Can I select more than one fund or departments?
A: Yes. Once you select how you want the data to display, you can select as many funds and/or departments as you like.
OpenGov How-to Guide
- OpenGov allows you to explore budget and historical finances in a simple graphical user interface.
- You’ll notice the title of the Report you are viewing in the top left corner.
- Click on “Views” on the left-hand side to view a list of common or favorite views on each report.
- Select “Filter” to display key menus.
- You can use the “Show” drop-down to select the data that is of most interest to you.
- Use the “Broken Down By” drop-down to specify the category you would like the data organized by in your chart or graph.
- Select the “Filtered By” option to view the data filters. These filters will allow you to select exactly which data you want to include, or exclude, from your graph or chart.
- Use the Search function within each filter panel to find exactly what you are looking for.
- If your organization has uploaded multiple years of data, a Fiscal Year slider will be present below the “Filtered By” menu. Move the sliders to choose the fiscal year(s) of data you would like to see.
- 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 (typical bar charts are available in GL reports, such as the annual report. Transactions, checkbook, and other grid-style reports have the option to display data as a horizontal bar chart or a tree map).
- Below any chart or graph, you can view a Table detailing the financial information in the visualization above.
- 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 Multi-Fund Accounting 101 primer with basic information on multi-fund accounting (if turned on by Entity Administrators using the Configuration settings in Portal).
- Contact the administrators of the account.
- 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.
- Use the Download drop-down in the top right corner to:
- Download an image of the graph or table as a .png file.
- Download a spreadsheet as a .csv file.
Line-Item Budget – A budget in which the individual financial statement items are grouped by cost centers or departments. It shows the comparison between the financial data for the past accounting or budgeting periods and estimated figures for the current or a future period.
Expenditure – The action of spending funds.
Revenue – Income.
Fiscal Year – The Fiscal Year for the Town of Abingdon runs from July to June.
Prorated – Allocated or distributed.
This data should be used for informational purposes only. Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the reports and data provided; nevertheless, some information may not be accurate. The data on this site is uploaded on a monthly basis, meaning that everything you see on the site will coincide with data from a month behind. The Town of Abingdon assumes no responsibility arising from use of this information.