The City of Killeen has launched an online system to give the public more access to its financial information. It is accessible by going to www.killeentexas.gov/transparency and clicking the Financial Transparency button.
“City Council has prioritized financial transparency, and this online system makes it possible to open the City’s financial books to the public,” said Interim City Manager Dennis Baldwin. “We hope citizens will use this as a tool to take a closer look into City finances.”
The system contains annual budget and monthly report figures from fiscal years 2011 to 2017.
The initial screen gives users the City’s Fiscal Year 2017 budgeted expenditures for all funds in a pie chart. By clicking on any segment of the pie, one can get more information on that particular fund. For instance, if one clicks on Enterprise Funds, the next screen shows a pie chart broken down into funds like Solid Waste and Drainage Utility.
Users have a number of options for viewing the data. It can be viewed in the default pie chart or displayed in a line, bar or stacked graph. The system allows preferences to be saved for ease of use.
A left side menu provides options to view annual or monthly data in more detail. It has quick links to expenditure and revenue figures for current and past reporting periods. The Filters option in this menu can be used to view revenues versus expenditures or to break data down by department or expense type. It also allows users to compare current figures with previous months or years.
Through the online application, information can be downloaded as images or spreadsheets. Content can also be shared easily through email or social media.