By Staff –
Mayor Ben Walsh has announced the city of Syracuse will expand its open data program in 2018, with information in four new areas: operating spending, capital project spending, procurement, and the fiscal year 2019 proposed budget.
The information will be available on DataCuse, the city’s online portal for open data about the city of Syracuse.
“As the city prepares to review its next budget, these new additions to DataCuse bring the transparency of city government to a new level,” Mayor Walsh said. “We think people should have access to information about how and where their tax dollars are spent. Sharing our operating and capital spending, as well as procurement data, will increase accountability to the people who are paying the bills.”
DataCuse includes the following new information, as of April 4:
- Operating Spending, covering the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017;
- Capital Project Spending, covering the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017;
- and Procurement, covering contracts awarded by the city.
The mayor’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 will be posted after it’s presented to the Common Council, in time for the beginning of the Council’s budget public hearings, Walsh’s office said.
Updated data in each area will also be posted as it becomes available.
DataCuse launched in July, 2017, in an effort to share data the city of Syracuse creates and collects with the public. Since its launch, data about housing, infrastructure, snow plow routes, and neighborhoods has been shared and used by neighborhood groups, community organizations, and higher education institutions.
The city’s Office of Accountability Performance and Innovation manages the program.
Visit http://data.syrgov.net/pages/budget to view the city’s open-data portal.