County opens detailed budget info to residents

October 20, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 20, 2010

Dig deep into the King County budget.

Residents can uses the same charts and spreadsheets used by the county executive and County Council to study the $5 billion budget. Find the information here.

“I’ve heard over and over from residents that they want a better understanding of how we make county budget decisions, so we put the department-level figures front and center on the budget Web page,” Executive Dow Constantine said in a news release. “We also created an open data site that puts all of the information we work from at residents’ fingertips, so that they can search and work with it in a way that’s more accessible than it’s ever been.”

Before the council adopted legislation last April to make the budget process more transparent, the annual budget provided only a single dollar appropriation for each department — with no detail about how the dollars had been allocated inside the department.

Under the current system, each department’s budget is broken down to the section level to identify a spending plan for each major program and line of business.

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