Williamson County Schools (WCS) has partnered with OpenGov, to provide an interactive reporting portal of all WCS’s revenues and expenditures. OpenGov is a financial analysis tool that allows easy-to-understand information of the WCS’s financial data.
The site uses the same financial data submitted to both the Board of Education and the State and is for community members to explore in various graphical formats with download capability. The portal provides the community with enhanced transparency and accessibility to WCS’s financial data.
We invite you to explore our new transparency portal to gain a better understanding of WCS’s expense and revenue data.
- Explore the district’s budget and historical finances in a simple graphical interface.
- Interactive graphs and charts.
- Filter data and get straight to the information you need.
Currently, the portal contains information to generate revenue, expense, and budget reports. Please note that the portal is not a “live database”. All actual financial data from fiscal years 2008-09 through 2015-16 and budget data for fiscal year 2016-17 is provided. WCS’s plan is to continue to update and build the site to include additional financial related data.
Visit the WCS OpenGov portal to access and view several key reports. View our frequently asked questions to learn more about how to navigate through our OpenGov portal to view financial data in various ways and even customize reports.
How to Use OpenGov & FAQ’s
OpenGov is a financial transparency website which displays government finances over a multi-year period. The default view displays usually expenses broken down by department.
SOME TIPS FOR USING OPENGOV:
- OpenGov allows you to explore current and past fiscal information for WCS in simple and specific ways that you control. The main view includes a chart or graph, a legend and various filters to view expenses.
- There are five different types of charts offering the budget data: An area graph, an area graph by percentage, a line graph, a pie graph and a table. You can change the kind of chart by choosing the chart from the upper right corner of the page.
- The title of the chart you are viewing is at the top of the page, along with the account type selector. You can use the filter to see the data that is of most interest to you.
- To find specific data–like a fund, school site, expense type, or any combination–use the menu on the left side panel. With these choices, you can find exactly what you’re looking for and then see it in the charts. 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.
- Some expenses only receive funds from specific resources; If the department or expense is not funded from a particular fund, it will be grayed out.
To focus on specific data — like a fund, department, expense type or any combination — use the menu on the left side panel. The “By” drop-down allows you to specify which breakdown you want the graphs and table rows to represent on the graph. You can analyze the expense and revenues data by fund, department, or type.
Yes. Use the Data Filter on the left side panel to make specific selections within the data. The Data Filter shows you the hierarchical relationships of Funds, Departments, and Account Types. You’ll notice the title of the graph you are viewing on top along with the account type selector. You can use the filter to see the data of most interest to you.
Hover over any area of the graph to see the actual or budgeted amounts for that period. Or, just scroll down to see a table with detailed information.
In the upper right hand corner, you will see options for the different graphs and tables. There are five graph types overall: an area graph, an area graph by percentage, a line graph, a pie graph, and a bar chart. There is also always a table view below any chart or graph. The table allows you to zoom-in on the detailed financial data selected in the chart or graph above.
In reviewing multiple years of data, you may see “spikes” in the individual years; this can be due to unexpected expenses, such as a hard winter, equipment failure, a capital project, or a specific event that required additional funds. You can drill-down into our OpenGov site to learn more about what exactly those expense or revenues are categorized.
Yes, there are Share and Download buttons in the upper right corner. You can share any view on a social network or by email. There are also options to download the displayed data in .csv spreadsheet and .png image formats.