December 7, 2010
DiNapoli: New Guide on Your Money New York Web Site Helps Citizens Understand Local Government Budgets
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced the release of a new Citizens’ Guide to Local Budgets available on his Your Money New York Web site that helps citizens understand how a local government budget is put together, how their tax dollars are being spent and evaluate whether the budget is a sound one.
“A local government budget can be difficult to understand for taxpayers,” DiNapoli said. “New Yorkers should know where their tax dollars are going. The Citizens’ Guide to Local Budgets is a great start toward helping New Yorkers understand how their local government is spending their money.”
Every citizen of New York State is a resident of some local government unit, and usually of several overlapping governmental units (county, city, town, village, school district, fire district). Local governments administer the programs and services that usually have the most direct day-to-day impact on New Yorkers. Local governments are responsible for public education, police, fire protection, road maintenance, parks, health programs, and much more, but it’s often difficult to find information about those local governments. One good way to get a picture of a local government’s activities is to look at its budget. With the resources in the Citizens’ Guide to Local Budgets, residents can easily follow and assess their local government’s budget.
Your Money New York Web Site
Your Money New York (www.yourmoneynewyork.com) is a Web site introduced by DiNapoli in 2009 to give New Yorkers access to information and useful resources on money-related matters. The easy-to-use, multilingual site covers credit cards and consumer debt, home mortgages, savings and investments, insurance, and protection against identity theft and financial scams. It also provides access to interactive calculators and DiNapoli’s Open Book New York Web site, which brings detailed information on State and local government finances to taxpayers through a centralized, user-friendly platform.