TAP Summit Pilot Project: Budget

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TAP Summit Pilot Project: Budget

  1. 1. WHAT DOES OPEN GOVERNMENT MEAN TO YOU? Transparency Action Plan 2011 Summit Pilot Project: Budget Saturday, July 30, 2011 The Levin Forum Atrium Jill Miller Zimon Writes Like She Talks: writeslikeshetalks.com In The Arena: jillmillerzimon.blogspot.com jillzimon@mac.com
  2. 2. WHY DOES BUDGETTRANSPARENCY MATTER?
  3. 3. YOUR EXPERIENCE: What have you…• WANTED• FOUND• ASKED FOR• RECEIVED• UNDERSTOOD
  4. 4. WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM BUDGET TRANSPARENCY? November 11, 2009, excerpt: Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic is hoping to employ the power of the World Wide Web to solve some of the citys and his image problems. … The new feature puts the information in one place and also allows computer users to access annual, quarterly and monthly data on what the city government spends and what it takes in. Im tired of the insinuations and accusations being thrown around that were hiding information, Plusquellic said. Most of the information already was available, but now its all consolidated into one place and people will be able to find it easier. The mayor said this also should silence critics who say the city is not willing to share such information. We have nothing to hide. All of our financial information will be available at the touch of a computer, he said. We are making absolutely certain that no one can say we arent providing information. From Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com/news/akron-opens-books-on-web-1.108575
  5. 5. WHAT DO YOU WANTFROM THIS SESSION? Image from scenecycle.com: Image of the Modomyth http://www.scenecycle.com/?page_id=61
  6. 6. GETTING TO KNOW BUDGETS
  7. 7. BUDGET COMPONENTS• Expenses• Revenues• Forecasting
  8. 8. STAKEHOLDERS• Taxpayers• Employees• Electeds• Community-at-large• Vendors• Who else?
  9. 9. CURRENT STATE OFBUDGET TRANSPARENCY
  10. 10. CUYAHOGA COUNTYWhere to go:http://fiscalofficer.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/office- budget-management.aspxWhat you can see there (all in pdf):o Financial Reportso Budget Highlightso Where County Dollars Come Fromo Where County Dollars Are Spent
  11. 11. AKRON OPEN BOOKS ONLINEWhere to go:http://www.ci.akron.oh.us/finance/Default.aspWhat you can see there:• Annual Reporting• Quarterly Reporting• Monthly Reporting * Local Government Revenue Comparison Funds supplied by State of Ohio in support of public safety * Monthly Income Tax Report to Akron City Council * Monthly Property Tax Report to Akron City Council• Daily Reporting * Daily Income Tax Receipts (246k pdf) Filed at 4 p.m. each business day * Daily All Taxes Report (42k pdf) Includes personal property, Income Tax, JEDD taxes & TIF
  12. 12. STATE GOVERNMENT• Where to go: http://obm.ohio.gov/• What you’ll see: Clickable links to budget documents• Better resource (dashboard, TOC) http://sunshinereview.org/index.php/Ohio_state_budget
  13. 13. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT• Where to go: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/usbudget/• What you can see there: Current & previous budgets as databases Sidebar tools to search budget(s) Other economic information & resources
  14. 14. TRANSPARENCY ACTION PLAN: Next Steps• Goal to Accomplish (Outcome We Want)• Steps to Accomplish Goal – What we must do – What we can seek from allies, stakeholders• Timeframe for Accomplishment
  15. 15. THANK YOU FOR CARING! Jill Miller Zimon Writes Like She Talks: writeslikeshetalks.com In The Arena: jillmillerzimon.blogspot.com jillzimon@mac.com

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