Tuesday, March 12, 2013
In honor of National Sunshine Week, Bernalillo County will unveil a new interactive, user-friendly website feature that brings even more transparency to county finances.
“This is a great interactive, open government tool that allows taxpayers to enter the estimated value of their homes to see exactly where their property dollars go and how the county spends its portion,” Commission Chair Maggie Hart Stebbins says. “This is the most detailed information yet and it’s focused on the individual taxpayer rather than just broad categories.”
The “Tax Dollars at Work” application includes:
- An interactive component that allows residents to plug in their property’s estimated value to see how the dollars are divided up among the local entities that receive property tax allotments
- Detailed information about how the county spends its allocation of property taxes with a summary table that shows spending by department
- Detailed information about the county’s 2013 and 2014 general fund budgets
“At tonight’s County Commission meeting, the budget staff is prepared to present the application to the public and provide a demonstration on how the interactive part of the application works,” says county Budget & Business Improvement Director Shirley Ragin.
The commission meeting is scheduled at 5 p.m. in the Vincent E. Griego Chambers at the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Center.
The county’s general fund budget for the 2013 fiscal year is $229.5 million. The largest source for that budget is property taxes, at roughly 50 percent. Other sources include gross receipts taxes, charges for services and fees for licenses and permits, among other sources.
“I want to thank our budget staff and IT department for their hard work bringing this project to fruition,” says Hart Stebbins. “We’ve developed this application to make sure our residents have an easy-to-use tool for understanding our county finances.”
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