To understand Medfield’s town budget, would it help to have the budget presented in a graphic format such as Mansfield does (http://www.mansfield.visgov.com/) or Arlington (http://www.arlingtonvisualbudget.org/)?
The software to do this is open source software, so we can do this with no cost if our employee IT staff implement it. When I spoke with the creators, the www.visgov.com people at the Massachusetts Municipal association’s annual meeting in January, they told me that we could also pay them to install it.
Christian Donner has created a demo site for Medfield (http://medfieldbudget.org/), but the actual numbers appear to not be our actual budget figures – still it gives one a sense and taste of what is possible.
I find it useful, but I would want to be able to drill down even further into the budget number details.