New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced today that New Yorkers can now trace state spending back to the funding source or program on openbooknewyork.com, an easy-to-use search tool for the public to see how their tax dollars are being spent. This is the fifth expansion of the website, building on DiNapoli’s commitment to increasing government transparency.
“We’ve expanded state spending data on openbooknewyork.com and made it even easier to use. The public will now have more information at their fingertips to help follow the money," said DiNapoli. “New Yorkers in every corner of the state have a right to know how their taxpayer dollars are being spent.”
This expansion allows users to customize their state spending searches by agency, fund type, budget year, account, budgetary program and more. Users can compare up to three years of data or download the database.
In 2008, DiNapoli launched openbooknewyork.com to give taxpayers unprecedented information about government spending. The website initially included financial information about state spending and contracts, but has since been expanded to include five modules:
- State Spending includes data for major spending categories for state agencies and some authorities;
- Contracts includes information on nearly 50,000 active contracts that state agencies have with businesses, not-for-profit organizations and other governmental entities;
- Local Government Spending includes property tax cap and tax limit data, as well as detailed revenue, spending and balance sheet data for 3,100 counties, cities, towns and villages, as well as school and fire districts going back to 2001;
- State Payments includes payments to vendors, municipalities school districts and others since 2012; and
- Public Authorities includes summary financial data for more than 500 state and local public authorities dating back to 2007.
DiNapoli’s office is continuing its efforts to increase the amount of data available on spending, revenues and debt at the state and local government levels, as well as at public authorities.
“Our goal is to make government spending information available as quickly as we can, and in an easy-to-use format. New Yorkers should be able to see how their state and local governments are spending their money. I am committed to using the full power of this office to protect taxpayer dollars and boost government transparency across the state,” said DiNapoli.
As New York State's fiscal watchdog, DiNapoli is responsible for processing all state payments, reviewing state contracts and monitoring local government finances.