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City unlocks interactive data on budget, expenditures and salaries

Post Date:10/26/2017 5:00 PM

MONTGOMERY – Anyone can now examine each and every penny spent by the City of Montgomery, along with exploring budget allocation and salary data, in a click of a mouse thanks to a new virtual resource from the City of Montgomery available at http://data.montgomeryal.gov.

The City of Montgomery today unveiled three new components comprising real-time, detailed insights into municipal finances on Open Data Montgomery, the city’s robust catalogue of publicly accessible interactive data. Open Budget, Open Payroll and Open Checkbook offer years of information on City spending, revenue streams and budget allocation, while also listing salaries of approximately 2,000 city employees. The additions complement data already publicly available on the website, including information on construction permitting, demolitions, street paving, 311 response times and more.

“Since bringing Open Data Montgomery online, our goal has been to build a one-stop-shop offering a variety of valuable information and resulting in increased transparency and empowered citizens,” Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said. “We prioritized releasing budget, salary and checkbook explorers, and our team will continue expanding these options as we work hand-in-hand with the tech community and private sector partners to make Montgomery an even smarter city. Not only are we seeing positive reception from residents, but city department heads have embraced using this data to enhance efficiencies within our own organization.”

City leaders partnered with Socrata beginning in late 2015 as Mayor Strange sought new ways to innovate government by increasing transparency and maximizing efficiency. Mayor Strange was inspired to partner with Socrata and implement an open data initiative by Netelysis founder and Montgomery tech guru, Boyd Stephens, who shared with him the new trend of ways governments use technology to innovate and better serve citizens.

Stephens played a vital role by volunteering with the Open Data Montgomery implementation team to find the most useful datasets and help set standards specified by tech and entrepreneurial groups. He also founded a Code for America Brigade, Hack MGM, who will serve as the catalyst to creating more momentum for Open Data Montgomery by creating impactful tools and resources for city residents and visitors.

Socrata, the cloud-based software-as-a-service data platform, is the market leader in making existing government data discoverable, usable, and actionable for public servants and the citizens they serve. It unlocks government legacy systems' data silos to increase the effectiveness of programs that improve quality of life, economic development and operations. Trusted by over 1,000 government organizations, Socrata supports cities—like Chattanooga and New York City—counties, states and federal agencies of all sizes."
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