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Residents Can Track Glendale’s Budget through “Follow Your Money” Tool

Glendale residents can follow the city of Glendale’s budget through a comprehensive tool, Follow Your Money, available on the website.  This easy-to-use budget tool enhances transparency and allows users to access the city’s expense and revenue financial data to see clearly what’s coming in and what’s going out.

In 2010, the Arizona State Legislature passed Arizona Revised Statute (A.R.S.) §41-725, which established online comprehensive financial reporting requirements for Arizona and its local municipalities.  Although Glendale was in compliance with the statute through the publishing of its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report on the city website, the city’s Information Technology and Finance departments took the statute requirements for the state as a guide and created Follow Your Money to further promote transparency.  The first phase of the tool was released to the public July 2012.

“With Follow Your Money, we have attempted to make a very complex financial system extremely easy for anyone to use and understand,” stated Diana Bundschuh, deputy chief information technology officer. “We wanted something that people would use, that provided full transparency to the public and the ability for them to see every detail of the city’s spending.”

The first phase of Follow Your Money provided users the ability to easily search and download the current year’s expenditure data as well as the previous three fiscal years. Searches can be conducted by fund, department and citywide spending along with vendor spending.  The tool provides a graph that shows total expenditures of the search and users may select how much data to view at once and how it is sorted, alphabetically or by amount.  Users can also access spending on a specific date or payments to specific vendors; and Follow Your Money is updated every 24 hours.

Well done, Glendale!

Bloomberg Businessweek names Oro Valley best place to raise kids in Arizona

Text from Bloomberg website:

  • Best Place to Raise Kids in Arizona: Oro Valley
  • Population: 40,422
  • GreatSchools city score: 9
  • Median family income: $83,409
  • Housing costs as a percentage of income: 19.1%
  • County unemployment rate: 7.1%
  • Nearby city: Tucson

This Arizona burg isn’t just for snowbirds escaping the cold North—it’s become a major base for biotech firms, fueled by research at nearby Tucson’s University of Arizona and the town’s own Innovation Park.

Congrats, Oro Valley!

On the Job: Joe Roelant, Phoenix Street Department

Chandler Utilities Director Receives Kudos from Local Family

Check out this letter that Chandler Municipal Utilities Director, Dave Siegel, received in early January from a resident. It is regarding some assistance the resident received from one of Dave’s employees who works as a Utility Systems Operator in our Wastewater Collection Division.

Job well done!

Sedona’s Artist in the Classroom Program

The city of Sedona lives up to its vision to “be a city that is animated by the arts” in a variety of ways, including its Artist in the Classroom program. Funded by the city since 1989, it provides quality arts education to students of all ages. The program pays an hourly stipend to a roster of approximately 25 local artists and funds an arts education coordinator to organize and monitor the program. Projects include dance, sculpting, creative writing, origami, drumming, mural painting, cartooning, and storytelling, just to name a few.

Image: Mural at Sedona Red Rock High School created by students in the Spanish Club.