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Posted on: February 13, 2017


The City of Brookings today released Open Budget Brookings, allowing citizens to view the City's financial data on-line.

“Open Budget Brookings is a part of the City’s ongoing efforts to be transparent to our taxpayers and encourage public engagement in their municipal government.  This tool will allow individuals the ability to investigate how their tax dollars are being spent in a visual, easy to navigate format,” said City Manager Jeff Weldon.

With the launch of this site, Brookings is among the best-in-class digital governments, ensuring that financial data is easily accessible and understandable for citizens. Brookings leveraged Socrata’s financial transparency suite of applications, which makes it easy for governments large and small to publish budget, spending and payroll data quickly, economically, and in a consumer-friendly way. Rather than wading through hundreds of pages of scanned documents of legal and financial information, citizens and staff see financial data contextualized in charts, graphs, and images that are attractive, navigable, and easy to understand.

“We believe that open data is helping government become a 21st century innovation accelerator, not just a service dispensary. This transformation is significant because it updates how citizens and governments interact, making more collaboration and a greater quality of life possible,” says Kevin Merritt, Founder and CEO of Socrata.

Open Budget Brookings is powered by Seattle-based software-as-a-services provider, Socrata, the leading global provider of open data and government performance management solutions.

A live demonstration will be presented during the City Council Meeting on February 14, 2017, at 6:00 P.M.

For more information on the new Open Budget Brookings, visit the link below or contact Finance Director Shawna Costello, (605) 692-6281,


Open Budget Brookings
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