While the City of Middletown has shown its commitment to financial transparency by posting financial documents on our city's website, including the City of Middletown operating budgets, sometimes additional information may be sought out by citizens. Oftentimes that information is most easily understood through interactive charts and graphs.
In an effort to enhance transparency in financial reporting, the City of Middletown is offering an interactive reporting tool that allows citizens to the Middletown budget data online in various graphical formats selected by the user.
The City of Middletown is providing actual historical budget data from 2011-current for public review. We hope to strengthen the connection between our local government and our community members.
A: OpenGov is a platform that transforms complex financial information into interactive reports that make it easy to see how taxpayer money is collected and spent.
A: To focus on specific data — like a fund, department, expense type, or any combination — use the menu on the left side panel. The “Broken Down By” drop‐down allows you to specify which breakdown you want the graphs and table rows to represent on the graph. You can analyze the expense and revenues data by fund, department, or type.
A: Yes. Use the Data Filter on the left side panel to make specific selections within the data. The Data Filter shows you the hierarchical relationships of Funds, Departments, and Account Types. 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.
A: Hover over any area of the graph to see the actual or budgeted amounts for that period. Or, just scroll down to see a table with detailed information below the graph.
A: In the upper right hand corner, you will see options for the different graphs and tables. There are five graph types: an area graph, an area graph by percentage, a line graph, a pie graph, and a bar
chart. Additionally, there is always a table view below any graph. The table allows you to zoom-in on the detailed financial data selected in the chart or graph above.
A: In reviewing multiple years of data, you may see "spikes" in the individual years; this can be due to unexpected expenses, such as a hard winter, equipment failure, a capital project, or a specific event that required additional funds. You can drill-‐down into our OpenGov site to learn more about where exactly those expense or revenues are categorized.
A: Yes, there are Share and Download buttons in the upper right corner. 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. Additionally, you can copy and paste the url at the top of the page you are viewing.
A: Use the Help menu on the top right corner to navigate to the “Budget 101” primer to learn more about multi-fund accounting.
A: Use the Help menu on the top right corner to navigate to the “Contact” option to send a message to your organization.