North Attleborough, MA (March 9, 2017) - The Town of North Attleborough announced today that it has partnered with ClearGov, a leading municipal transparency and benchmarking platform, to launch an infographic-based fiscal transparency center. The new tool provides taxpayers an easy-to-understand, visual breakdown the North Attleborough’s budget, including insights into the town’s demographics and student-age population. The site also informs visitors as to how each budget item compares to neighboring communities.
The Town is part of a growing movement of Massachusetts municipalities that are taking transparency to a new level on ClearGov platform, which also showcases basic profiles of every municipality in the state. The Town has added detailed revenues and expenditures breakdowns of its General Fund, as well as Reserve Funds. The Town has also added commentary to many of the metrics and graphs on the site to help lend context to the figures for residents.
The GlearGov platform provides a level of transparency to the residents that will enable open and honest discussions regarding North Attleborough’s approach to budgeting. Putting information in easily understandable graphics enables members of the community to quickly access data that would otherwise be contained in spreadsheets and financial reports. Being able to compare North Attleborough to its peer communities is also telling and can generate discussion regarding the financial commitment to the operation of various town departments.
ClearGov sources publicly available financial data on municipalities to create easy-to-understand transparency websites for thousands of municipalities across the United States, which are made available to the public for free. Municipalities can choose to upgrade and enhance their publicly available transparency site with more robust information and provide context through commentary on the figures.
“North Attleborough is a real champion of transparency” said Chris Bullock, CEO of ClearGov. “The town’s administration has not only pushed the envelope on the amount of information shared, but they’ve also gone to great lengths to make sure the information is understandable and is accompanied by the proper contextual explanations,” he continued.
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About North Attleborough
The Town of North Attleborough is a community, with a population of approximately 29,000, situated in southeastern Massachusetts and is abutted by Mansfield, Foxboro, Attleboro, Plainville and Cumberland, RI. Located in Bristol County, Massachusetts, North Attleborough has convenient access to major interstate highways including Interstate Routes 95, 495 and 295 and is approximately 45 minutes away from Boston and 15 minutes away from Providence by car. The regional location of North Attleborough attracts people and businesses and contributes to the economic growth of the Town.
Like most municipalities the Town of North Attleborough is challenged with providing the right level of information to its stakeholders regarding the annual budget, which is approximately $83 million. In an effort to provide more information in a format that is easily understood the town chose the ClearGov platform.
ClearGov helps local governments communicate and operate more effectively and efficiently through a unique fiscal clarity and insights platform. Local governments leverage ClearGov to more clearly communicate their financial performance in an effort to build citizen trust and participation through transparency. ClearGov also provides valuable municipal benchmarking intelligence to help government leaders quickly compare their finances against similar communities in an effort to make more informed and data-driven policy and budgetary decisions.
Michael H. Gallagher