OpenGov Budget Visualization Tool FAQ

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Where can I find the interactive online budget visualization tool?

You can visit budget.sandiego.gov to see the full San Diego City budget.

What is this?

Mayor Faulconer decided to release this online budget visualization so that San Diegans could see - like never before - detail on how the City budgets your hard-earned tax dollars. This tool makes an unprecedented amount of information to the public available.

Where does this information come from?

The data behind this visualization comes from the City's SAP-based financial management system, which provides well-structured data that allows it to be among the first data sets available to the public under the City's open data initiative.

Does this show how much the City spends on things?

No. That would be a different tool. This tool provides an accurate snapshot of the Mayor's proposed allocation of your tax dollars for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2015. In a household, you may budget for gasoline or groceries. This tool allows you to see the Mayor's proposed budget for police or fire services and parks, to name a few.

What can the public do?

Mayor Faulconer wanted to release this data as soon as the Performance & Analytics Department identified the opportunity to present it in this fashion. Use this tool. Explore what it has to offer. During the month of May, the City Council and the public have opportunities to weigh in on the Mayor's budget proposal before the final vote in June.

What if I have questions?

First, click on the link to the budget document, which contains much more information on the City's programs and services. If you can't find your answer, feel free to click on the "help" option in the upper right hand corner of the visualization screen and send us a message. We will do our best to answer your inquiry and it may help make this tool even better!

What's next?

After the budget is adopted in June, this visualization will be updated to take into account any changes.

Additionally, the Performance & Analytics Department continues to identify data that can be presented in a more user-friendly format. Look for more tools like this in the near future.

We are also working to incorporate historical budget data into this tool so that you can make year-over-year comparisons of City budgets.