BATON ROUGE, LA – January 27, 2021 – As part of her ongoing commitment to transparency and data-driven decision making, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced today the launch of Open Budget BR, a web-based platform that provides detailed, interactive views into the City-Parish’s annual operating budget.
“One of my top priorities these past several years has involved expanding the public’s access to City-Parish data and information, including building new digital tools and platforms powered by this commitment to open data and transparency at all levels,” said Mayor Broome. “Open Budget BR takes the complexity of our nearly 500-page annual budget and distills it down into easy-to-understand visuals and information that residents can use to better understand our City-Parish budget along with all the various services and programs it funds.”
The new Open Budget BR platform replaces an older web-based budget application and complements the City-Parish’s approved 2021 operating budget book with numerous features, tools and integrations that provide an unprecedented view into the expenses the City-Parish incurs to deliver programs and services each year.
In addition to providing users with the ability to drill down into various revenue or spending categories like department-level and service-specific budgets, the platform allows users to easily compare budgeted versus actual expenses incurred in real-time and throughout the year. This feature is available through the platform’s integration with its companion Open Checkbook BR website, which features checkbook-level expenditure data for all City-Parish departments.
Mayor Broome noted the platform will expand in future years to include additional annual operating budgets that allow for comparisons from year to year, as well as capital programs and projects that are multi-year in nature.
Open Budget BR is part of the City-Parish’s award-winning open data initiative that includes Open Data BR and its EBRGIS program, among other tools and resources. In late 2020, the Center for Digital Government ranked Baton Rouge third among all mid-sized cities in the U.S. in its annual digital cities survey, pointing to the City-Parish’s use of data and technology to drive real-time decision making and spur greater citizen engagement.
For more information on Open Budget BR, visit http://budget.brla.gov.