Financial Transparency Portal
Through the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Financial Transparency Portal, users can view financial data based on the current budget or up to the current month. Information is included for FY 2013, FY 2014, FY 2015 budget and year-to-date information, and for the FY 2016 Proposed Budget. Users can manipulate the data and drill down to finite details or scale up to the big picture. Users can also download the data as an Excel spreadsheet to use at home. See some sample screenshots below.
In an effort to provide the community with access to the City’s financial data, the City produces and distributes the budget electronically via the City of Fort Lauderdale’s website. Online, you can find copies of the current and historic Annual Budgets, Monthly Financial Reports, Community Investment Plans (CIP), Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR), Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR), Revenue Manual, and more.
Expenses by City Department as a Percentage of Total Expenses
Expenses by City Department Organized by the City's Chart of Account
Expenses by City Department Displayed in a Line Graph Format
Expenses by City Department Organized in a Pie Chart
(FY 2016 Proposed Budget Displayed)
Revenues Organized by Revenue Type
Tips on Using the City's Financial Transparency Portal
- 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 can always access the portal by navigating to https://FortLauderdaleFL.OpenGov.com
- 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.
- Keep in mind that some departments or expenses only receive funds from specific funds - if the department or expense is not funded from a particular fund, it will be grayed out.
- 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.
- You can also download the data into a .csv spreadsheet or a .png image.
- You can share the data, in any view, on a social network or by email.
- The City of Fort Lauderdale’s main fund is the General Fund. The General Fund includes the Police Department, Fire-Rescue Department, Parks and Recreation Department, Sustainable Development Department, Finance Department, Human Resources Department and all of the Charter Offices.
- Some expenditures or revenues do not track year to year. For example, there may be expenditure for a specific item or project in FY 2013 that the City no longer uses. These expenditure categories will only be visible for the years they were used. After that, they will be zeroed out.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Click these links to answer some frequently asked questions (results will open in a new tab or window):
- Overall what are the City's Revenues and Expenses?
- What is the General Fund total budget?
- What revenue sources contribute to the City's General Fund?
- What type of expenses does the General Fund pay for?
- How does the City divide up the general fund among the City's departments?
- How much does the City spend on salaries for all departments and funds?
- What are the details by expense type for the Police Budget?
- What are the details by expense type for the Fire-Rescue Budget?
- How much does the Parks and Recreation Department spend on its different programs?
- How much does the City budget towards its enterprise fund departments, Water and Sewer, Central Regional Wastewater, Sanitation, Stormwater, Parking, and the Airport?