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Florence County makes financial data available online

May 16, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – More of Florence County’s financial data is now available to the public.

Florence County Council announced Tuesday afternoon the launch of a new digital platform powered by OpenGov that provides residents, elected officials, and staff unprecedented access to the county’s financial information.

County Administrator K G “Rusty” Smith, Jr. said Kevin Yokim, finance director, led the initiative to make the county’s finances more transparent and understandable.

“This platform will make the county’s finances much more transparent,” Smith said.

“By making its financial data easily accessible in an intuitive, digital format, the county is demonstrating its commitment to efficient, data-driven and open government,” said Zac Bookman, CEO and co-founder of OpenGov.

With Tuesday’s launch, Florence County joins a growing list of more than 2000 leading cities, counties, state agencies, school systems, and special districts across the country that leverage OpenGov technology.

The OpenGov platform transforms complex financial data into an interactive digital format that enables better analysis and understanding of the county’s finances. The intuitive design makes it easier to explore how taxpayer money is collected. The platform may be accessed at florencecountysc.opengov.com.

The OpenGov platform displays 8 years of government spending and revenue detail in a user-friendly portal. Users can view historical revenue and expenditure trends over time and explore multiple views of financial data, including by fund, department, expense, or revenue type. The current year report provides insight into spending and revenues year-to-date. For example, visitors to the platform may answer frequently asked questions such as “What did the county spend on fuel over the past 8 years?” or “How much did the county collect on building permits?”

Beyond sharing information with the public, Florence County can also use OpenGov internally to create custom reports, manage operations to budget, and keep administrators informed.