Welcome to Steele County’s financial transparency portal. In an effort to provide more inclusive and transparent financial data, Steele County has partnered with OpenGov to provide a new web-based financial transparency and intelligence tool that dynamically presents the County’s financial information in a simple graphical user interface.
By leveraging the OpenGov platform, interested users have around-the-clock access and a better understanding of the County’s budget and actuals. Steele is one of the few counties in the State of Minnesota to publicly release its financial data on the OpenGov platform.
Explore our Transparency Portal (HYPERLINK - https://costeelemn.opengov.com) to get a feel for a new standard of transparency. For additional context and descriptions of the county’s departments and programs, please refer to our Budget Overview (HYPERLINK -http://www.co.steele.mn.us/county_board/budget_and_financial_information.html) online.
Access our Transparency Portal anytime at: https://costeelemn.opengov.com
Annual Report Initial View
Current Year Report Initial View
Tips on Using the City's Financial Transparency Portal
This portal allows you to explore budget and historical finances from 2011 in a simple graphical user interface. Three different reports can be viewed through the portal including Annual, Current Year, and Treasurer’s Report. Click on any of these and the report will change automatically.
To see actual dollar amounts within the graphs, hover your curser over any area of the graph to see the actual or budgeted amounts for that period. You can also view a Summary Table detailing the financial information in dollar amounts by scrolling down the page.
Using the “Views” menu is a great way to start exploring OpenGov. Views offer a list of frequently asked questions and allows instant access to that financial data. Click on any view and the graph will automatically change to that specific topic. Visit the frequently asked questions (FAQ) section below for some example views.
There are five different types of visual representations of the data: area chart by percentage, area chart by dollars, line graph, pie chart, and stacked bar chart. Change the chart type as desired and the data will automatically convert to the chosen graph. These functions are on the top right of the page located below “Help” and “Share” tabs.
To find information not offered in a view, click on “Filters” (located to the left of views) which will allow you to specify a specific fund, department, or expense type. Start with “show” and specify if you want to show revenues, expenses, or revenues vs expenses. Then pick a how you want data to be “broken down by.” This changes the legend on the graph to funds or departments for example. Next you can filter the data by fund, department, program, service, or expense type. Click on the filters and check/uncheck the information that interests you. Lastly, the bottom bar allows you to view data within specific years.
Keep in mind that some items may gray out when filtering data meaning an item doesn’t apply. For example, under funds, if you select only General Fund then Debt Service or Capital Construction will be grayed out under departments since they are under a another fund.
For a quick description on how governmental accounting works click on “Help” at the top right corner and click on “Multi-Fund Accounting 101.”
To contact Steele County about any questions or comments you can contact us under the “Help” tab.
Under the “Share” tab, located on the top right of page, you can download any chart or graph as a picture, table, or spreadsheet. This information can also be shared with social media or email.
The General Fund is the primary operating fund of the County and is used to account for all financial resources except those required to be accounted for in a separate fund (i.e. Road & Bridge). It supports many of the essential county services such as the community health, public safety, and administration.
Not all expenditures or revenues are used every year. For example, there may be an expenditure for a specific item or project in FY 2014 that the County no longer uses. These expenditure categories will only be visible for the years they were used.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Click these links to answer some frequently asked questions:
What are our funding sources? https://costeelemn.opengov.com/transparency#/3793/breakdown=types¤tYearPeriod =years¤tYearAmount=cumulative&accountType=revenues&graph=bar&selection=A26 E0617E0DBCFB57A6445834B27A3E5&legendSort=desc&saved_view=6340&fiscal_start=200 8&fiscal_end=latest
Overall, where does the money go?https://costeelemn.opengov.com/transparency#/3793/breakdown=types¤tYearPeriod =years¤tYearAmount=cumulative&accountType=expenses&graph=bar&selection=A26 E0617E0DBCFB57A6445834B27A3E5&legendSort=desc&saved_view=6408&fiscal_start= earliest&fiscal_end=latest
What types of expenditures are included in personal services?https://costeelemn.opengov.com/transparency#/3793/breakdown=types¤tYearPeriod =years¤tYearAmount=cumulative&accountType=expenses&graph=pie&selection=375 00FC25A1A3B57AE1A82898302B001&legendSort=desc&saved_view=6873&selectedDataSet Index=6&fiscal_start=earliest&fiscal_end=latest
What are the Detention Center’s Expenditures?https://costeelemn.opengov.com/transparency#/3793/breakdown=types¤tYearPeriod =years¤tYearAmount=cumulative&accountType=expenses&graph=pie&selection=10C D2EFC0CFB7966E6B7935E7E9E3F46&legendSort=desc&saved_view=7964&selectedDataSet Index=6&fiscal_start=earliest&fiscal_end=latest
What are the Sheriff’s Expenditures?https://costeelemn.opengov.com/transparency#/3793/breakdown=types¤tYearPeriod =years¤tYearAmount=cumulative&accountType=expenses&graph=pie&selection=3FA 1D62417151F2736D47E69D8AFB55B&legendSort=desc&saved_view=7963&selectedDataSet Index=6&fiscal_start=earliest&fiscal_end=latest
How did we do in comparison to our budget for 2015?https://costeelemn.opengov.com/transparency#/3808/breakdown=7a600850-09d-46f2-898c77dcde01¤tYearPeriod=months¤tYearAmount=cumulative&accountType= expenses&graph=bar&month=11&selection=364F4B8D4A160B6C372991B8732C0C8C&legen dSort=desc&saved_view=null&fiscal_start=earliest&fiscal_end=latest
What were our monthly ending cash balances in 2015?https://costeelemn.opengov.com/transparency#/4881/breakdown=types¤tYearPeriod =years¤tYearAmount=cumulative&accountType=assets&graph=bar&month=12&selec tion=77864058DF8867ADDA0ABAB2DFAE8C25&legendSort=desc&saved_view=null&fiscal_s tart=2015&fiscal_end=latest
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