The money used to provide city services comes from many sources including property taxes, state aid, user fees, fines, etc. Some of these revenues are received monthly (user fees, fines) while others are received once or twice per year (property taxes, state aids).
Tips on How to Use the Financial Transparency Portal
- The 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, expense type.
- Keep in mind that some departments or expenses only receive funds from specific funds - if the department or expense 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.
- The City of Eau Claire's main fund is the General Fund which includes all City departments (e.g. Police, Fire, Parks & Recreation, Public Works, Community Development, etc.). With the exception of the Health Department and Library, all property tax dollars flow through the General Fund. Other functions of City government will be reported in separate funds (e.g. Emergency-911 Fund, Sanitation Fund, etc.).
- Some expenditures or revenues do not track year to year. For example, there may be expenditure for a specific item or project in Fiscal Year 2014 that the City no longer uses. These expenditure categories will only be visible for the years they were used. After that, they will be zeroed out.