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Posted on: April 3, 2017

Jefferson County Launches OpenGov Financial Portal


OpenGov platform engages residents with instant access to budget data

Jefferson County announced today the launch of a new digital platform powered by OpenGov that provides residents, elected officials and staff unprecedented access to the county’s finances. The OpenGov platform transforms complex financial data into an interactive, digital format that enables better analysis and understanding of the county’s finances. The intuitive design makes it easier to explore how taxpayer money is collected and spent. The platform may be accessed on our OpenGov Financial Transparency Portal page.

The OpenGov platform displays the current budget and five prior years of government spending and revenue detail in a user-friendly portal. Users can view historical revenue and expenditure trends over time and explore multiple views of financial data, including by fund, department, expenditure or revenue type. The current-year report provides insight into spending and revenues year-to-date. For example, visitors to the platform may answer frequently asked questions such as, “What did the county spend on capital projects and equipment over the past five years?” or “How much did the county collect on property taxes?” and then share that information directly from the platform via email or on social media.

With the OpenGov Transactions report visitors can quickly view and search thousands of expenditure transactions covering the past five years. The data can be instantly searched and filtered according to specific detail such as transaction type, department, vendor name, date, description and even dollar amount.

“For those interested in looking at the county’s financial data, we are excited to launch a place where you can do that easily and quickly,” said Board of County Commissioners’ Chair Libby Szabo. “OpenGov is a way for residents of Jefferson County can interact with the financial ins and outs of THEIR government.”

The collaborative efforts of the board of county commissioners, budget, accounting, and information technology services personnel have led the initiative to make the county’s finances more transparent and understandable.

“I am very excited about Jefferson County going to the new OpenGov system. As a former auditor, I think opening up the financial data for the public to see is a very positive step,” said Commissioner Casey Tighe. “With the new OpenGov platform, it will be easy for the public to see how funds are being spent.”

With today’s launch, Jefferson County joins a growing list of more than 500 leading cities, counties, state agencies, school systems, and special districts across the country that leverage OpenGov technology.

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