OPENGOV

For Immediate Release:

December 18, 2019

Plattsburgh, New York

518-563-7701

On Thursday, December 19 at 5:15p the Mayor of the City of Plattsburgh will roll out a public demonstration of its new OpenGov finance package. Once it is fully implemented, the software tool will allow the public access to key measures of the city finances, from revenues and expenses, to department payrolls and overtime.

OpenGov’s integrated online solution aggregates and synchronizes financial and non-financial data. OpenGov budgeting and performance streamlines and transforms the budget process from the initial stages of strategic planning and personnel forecasting on through final publication, while enabling collaboration throughout. This tool will allow the City to plan and manage strategic initiatives by capturing priorities, tying budgets to initiatives, identifying key outcomes, and engaging stakeholders.

This new tool is in addition to a number of initiatives the City has adopted to encourage community engagement. All meetings of the Common Council and its boards and committees are webcasted and recorded on its YouTube channel. The provisions of the Open Meetings Laws are strictly applied, and the City created an Ethics Board and a Code of Conduct to ensure it scrutinizes itself to the same extent as do other cities. The City now meets once a week rather than twice a month, and has instituted a committee structure to more fully discuss issues of public concern. Its Governance and Strategy Committee shall work on long term civic strategies, in conjunction with the work of the Finance Committee on long term budgeting. These efforts are in addition to ninety public hearings, presentations, focus groups, or opportunities for public comment on the Downtown Revitalization Initiative over the past few years.

Mayor Read commented, "The public understands the difficult financial challenges of the City of Plattsburgh. But, without the data and the ability for the public to drill down and better understand City finances, we can't expect our residents to offer ideas on how to improve our finances without reducing our services. I am looking forward to this new OpenGov element in our effort to have residents with clever ideas help us solve challenges our city faces."

The 15 minute presentation will occur in the Common Council Chambers at 5:15p on Thursday, December 19, 2019.

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