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FISCAL FOCUS TIPS

Tips

  • The portal allows you to explore budget and historical finances in a simple graphical user interface.
    • The main view includes a chart or graph, a legend and various controls to view expenses by department.
  • You can always access the portal by navigating to PittsburghPA.OpenGov.com.
  • There are five different types of visual representations of the data - an area graph, an area graph by percentage, a line graph, a pie chart and a table.
    • You can change your view at any time by simply selecting the different type of representation.   These functions are on the top right.
    • The data will automatically convert to the new format
  • You'll notice the title of the chart or graph you are viewing on top along with the account type selector.
    • You can use the filter tool to see data that is of most interest to you.
  • To focus on specific data - like a department, expense type, revenue type, or any combination - look to the left and use the menu on the side panel.  These selectors allow you to specify exactly what breakdown you want the graph or table to represent.
    • When you select "Filtered By" the data filter pops up and allows you to turn on or turn off selected filters for that category.
  • You can also download the data into a .csv spreadsheet or a .png image.
  • You can share the data, in any view, on a social network or by email.
  • When addressing the financial results of the City, it is important that we focus on the City of Pittsburgh’s General Fund.
    • The General Fund is the main operating fund of the City and supports the regular day-to-day operations of the City.
  • Some expenditures or revenues do not track year to year.
    • For example, there may be expenditure for a specific item or project in 2013 that the City no longer uses.
    • These expenditure categories will only be visible for the years they were used.  After that, they will be zeroed out.