Tracking Municipal Government Spending Data
As part of its initiative to promote transparency and accessibility, Montgomery County, Maryland has developed a visualization tool to let residents monitor the County’s spending data. Called “spendingMontgomery,” the tool visualizes where in county government the money is being spent, what the money is being spent on, who is receiving these funds, and how all this data compares to the previous year. Users can sort by spending type and even locate specific expenditures. The data used was made available by the County’s Open Data Act of 2012, which requires all County departments to curate and publish their datasets online.