Financial Transparency

The Town of Morehead City is committed to Financial Transparency. In this spirit, the Town has developed the Financial Transparency Portal to give you, the Morehead City stakeholder, a transparent view of how your funds are invested in the delivery of outstanding services.

In an effort to provide the community with access to the Town’s financial data, the City retains five years of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report via the Town of Morehead City’s website.

While the Town of Morehead City has shown its commitment to financial transparency by posting financial documents on our Town’s website, sometimes additional information may be sought out by citizens. Oftentimes that information is most easily understood through interactive charts and graphs.

In an effort to enhance transparency in financial reporting, the Town of Morehead City is offering an interactive reporting tool that allows citizens to explore Town of Morehead City’s budget and financial data online in various graphical formats selected by the user. OpenGov, a California-based company specializing in data accessibility, pioneered this online application.

The Town of Morehead City is providing actual budget and financial position data for public review. We hope to strengthen the connection between our local government and our community members.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is OpenGov?

A: OpenGov is a financial transparency website which displays government finances over a multi-year period. The default view displays usually displays expenses broken down by department.

Q: How do I select the data I want to see?

A. To focus on specific data — like a fund, department, expense type, or any combination — use the menu on the left side panel. The “By” drop-down allows you to specify which breakdown you want the graphs and table rows to represent on the graph. You can analyze the expense and revenues data by fund, department, or type.

Q: Can I select more than fund or departments?

A. Yes. Use the Data Filter on the left side panel to make specific selections within the data. The Data Filter shows you the hierarchical relationships of Funds, Departments, and Account Types. You’ll notice the title of the graph you are viewing on top along with the account type selector. You can use the filter to see the data of most interest to you.

Q: How do I see the actual numbers within the graph?

A. Hover over any area of the graph to see the actual or budgeted amounts for that period. Or, just scroll down to see a table with detailed information.

Q: Can I see the data in a different graph?

A. In the upper right hand corner, you will see options for the different graphs and tables. There are five graph types overall: an area graph, an area graph by percentage, a line graph, a pie graph, and a bar chart. There is also always a table view below any chart or graph. The table allows you to zoom-in on the detailed financial data selected in the chart or graph above.

Q: Why are there sometimes spikes in one year?

A: In reviewing multiple years of data, you may see “spikes” in the individual years; this can be due to unexpected expenses, such as a hard winter, equipment failure, a capital project, or a specific event that required additional funds. You can drill-down into our OpenGov site to learn more about what exactly those expense or revenues are categorized.

Q: Can I save the data I am looking at?

A. Yes, there are Share and Download buttons in the upper right corner. You can share any view on a social network or by email. There are also options to download the displayed data in .csv spreadsheet and .png image formats.

Q: How do I learn more about government?

A: Use the Help menu on the top right corner to navigate to the “Budget 101” primer to learn more about multi-fund accounting.

Q: I have a question. How do I contact the/my organization?

A: Use the Help menu on the top right corner to navigate to the “Contact” option to send your message to your organization