Oakland County has launched its own dashboard to highlight its continuing efforts in transparency, accountability and leadership. It is designed to enable residents to monitor the progress of their county government in areas such as its three-year budget, support of small businesses, and community and home improvement.
“Oakland County has a fundamental belief in transparency,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. “Our dashboard will show our residents why Wall Street considers us among the best managed counties in the nation.”
Information residents will find in Oakland County’s dashboard includes:
• How much cash does the county keep on hand to pay its bills?
• What is the county doing to reduce its energy consumption and how much is it saving taxpayers?
• How are Oakland County housing counseling initiatives helping to stabilize housing for residents, especially those facing mortgage or property tax default and foreclosure?
• And how many people has the Workforce Development Division placed into new jobs?
“A week ago, Governor Snyder called on all Michigan communities to create dashboards, just as we completed ours,” said Phil Bertolini, deputy county executive and chief information officer. “As Oakland County residents peruse our dashboard, they will find their county government is serving them well.”
Oakland County’s dashboard is not the county’s first effort at transparency online. The county has been posting its financial reports, among other fiscal information, online since 2005. In addition, Patterson announced in his 2011 State of the County address that Oakland County has begun to post its vendor contracts online.
To view Oakland County’s dashboard, go to
. For its fiscal reports, click on
and select “Info & Publications.” For vendor contracts, go to
and choose “Contract Public Search.”