Online Tool ‘Budget Navigator’ Unveiled

April 23, 2012 Updated: July 4, 2012

NEW YORK—Citizens Budget Commission has created a new website focused on making it easier to explore government spending.

Budgets of both city and state government agencies can be seen with the tool, which can also “analyze trends, and see how that funding compares with other departments and services,” as well as how much an agency spends in relation to the total budget, according to a commission release.

“The CBC Budget Navigator makes it possible for any New Yorker to be his or her own budget watchdog,” said Maria Doulis, director of city studies for the commission, in the release. “With this tool, New Yorkers can track the financial data that matters most to them, keeping an eye on the government departments or services of greatest interest.”

Revenue or expenses can be seen. The tool can be downloaded for free at and any charts of other research garnered from it online can also be downloaded. Updates to budgets will be added, such as the upcoming fiscal year’s budget, which will be finalized in July.

 

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