OpenGov Financial Transparency Portal
Jefferson County is committed to financial transparency. In this spirit, the county has provided the Jeffco OpenGov Financial Transparency Portal to give you, the county’s stakeholders, a transparent view of how your funds are invested in the delivery of outstanding public programs and services. The OpenGov Financial Transparency Portal provides a one-stop shop for your financial data needs and includes data analysis/graphing functionality.
Powered by OpenGov, this tool provides user-friendly access to the county’s financial data. This OpenGov Financial Transparency Tool provides employees and residents alike with the ability to see the county’s current budget and five prior years of revenues and expenditures. To learn how to use the tool, review the OpenGov How-To Guide (which can be found under the 'Help' menu in the upper right corner of the portal); or use the other tools within the Help Menu for further explanation.
Tips on Using the County’s Financial Transparency Portal
The Jeffco OpenGov Financial Transparency Portal allows you to explore budget and historical finances in a simple graphical user interface. The main view includes a chart or graph, a legend and various controls to view expenses by departments out of various funds.
- You'll notice the title of the chart or graph you are viewing on top along with the account type selector. You can use the filter to see the data that is of most interest to you.
- To focus on specific data - like a fund, department, expense type, or any combination - look to the left and use the menu on the side panel. These selectors allow you to specify exactly what breakdown you want the graph or table to represent. When you select "Filtered By" the data filter pops up and allows you to turn on or turn off selected filters for that category - funds, departments, expenditure type.
- Keep in mind that some departments or expenditures only receive fund from specific funds - if the department or expenditure is not funded from a particular fund, it will be grayed out.
- There are five different types of visual representations of the data - an area graph, an area graph by percentage, a line graph, a pie chart and a table. You can change your view at any time by simply selecting the different type of representation. The data will automatically convert. These functions are on the top right.
- You can also download the data into a CSV spreadsheet or a PNG image.
- You can share the data, in any view, on a social network or by email.
Jefferson County’s main fund is the General Fund. The General Fund includes the Assessor, Clerk and Recorder, County Attorney, County Manager, Development and Transportation, District Attorney, Finance and IT, Human Services, Parks, Public Trustee, Sheriff and Treasurer. Some expenditures or revenues do not track year to year.
For example, there may be a one-time expenditure for a specific item or project in any given year that the county no longer uses. These expenditure categories will only be visible for the years they were used. After that, they will be zeroed out.
All information within our OpenGov Financial Transparency Portal begins with the year 2011.