Lancaster County has partnered with OpenGov to provide its citizens and stakeholders with the Financial Transparency Portal. The portal is designed to bring visibility, openness, and accountability to our operations. If you click on the portal link above it will take you to Lancaster County’s budget information for each department and can show you how Lancaster County is allocating resources to provide necessary services to constituents.
Lancaster County is starting the 2022-23 budget process and will include proposed budget requests that will be discussed at department budget hearings. The listing of department budget hearing dates can be accessed here.
Information is considered a work in progress until the budget is adopted by the Lancaster County Board in August.
Tips on Using OpenGov
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.
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.
If you have questions on how to utilize OpenGov, please contact the Budget & Fiscal Office at (402) 441-6869.