ByTheNumbers.sco.ca.gov is a new open data platform recently launched by the California State Controller’s Office (SCO). This site provides information on local California governments’ financial data. The format allows for information to be viewed, downloaded, and converted into graphs and charts.
What kind of questions can be answered with the information found on this new website?
- How much did employees contribute to fund their pensions for each of the past 10 years?
- Which special districts have the largest revenues and expenditures?
- How much in federal funds did your city receive last year?
With the transition to open data, the SCO is no longer publishing seven of its local governments’ annuals reports including Cities Annual Report and Public Retirement Systems Annual Report.
Attorneys who practice in the area of municipal law or citizens interested in monitoring government revenues and expenses might want to bookmark this new site for future research.