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McHenry County residents can keep track of public spending with online dashboard

Government revenue, expenditures dating back to ’17 are available

McHenry County on Thursday launched its “financial dashboard,” an online tool designed to provide more transparency into county government revenue and expenditures, all organized into graphs and charts by fiscal year.

The dashboard allows members of the public to look through all of the county’s financial data – overall or year-to-date – since fiscal 2017, according to a news release sent from McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ office.

“Our new financial dashboard isn’t only easy to use, it’s also easy to understand,” Finance Director Kevin Bueso said in the release. “At a glance, taxpayers can examine how much the county is collecting and how much it’s spending. It’s their money, and they have a right to know.”

McHenry County recently was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report by the Government Finance Officers Association, according to the release.

The GFOA also awarded the county with the Award of Excellence for its 2018 Popular Annual Financial Report. These two reports also can be reviewed online by visiting the finance department page on McHenry County’s
website.

Also available for public review are the county’s annual budgets dating back to 2009. Annual budgets can be found online on the financial department’s page under “Budgets and finance.”

“We’ve made great strides toward being one of the most transparent county governments in the nation, and creating this financial dashboard so people can get a budget overview with the click of a mouse is the next logical step,” Franks said. “Giving taxpayers the ability to see how their money is spent shows how serious we are on top of our ongoing commitment to reducing our share of their tax burden.”

According to Finance and Audit Committee Chairman Mike Skala, the creation of the dashboard was the result of the hard work and determination of Bueso, as well as a number of other county staff members.

“This is something I’ve wanted for a while, and it was staff’s dedication that made it possible,” Skala said.

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