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Website offers window into Baton Rouge government spending

2 years 3 months 1 day ago Thursday, July 23 2015 Jul 23, 2015 July 23, 2015 9:23 AM July 23, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish residents now have a way to know where their tax dollars are going.
    
Mayor-President Kip Holden says the parish launched "Open Budget BR" Wednesday, a website that breaks down city-parish spending and allows people to drill down into department, program, construction and service spending and funding.
    
The announcement follows the release of "Open Data BR" another city-parish website that offers a look at various aspects of government including employee salaries, parish demographics and crime statistics.
    
The website starts with two sections to choose from: the operating budget and the capital budget.
    
The operating budget, $723 million, explores departments, wages and services such as police, fire and EMS.
    
The capital budget, $4.02 billion, outlines construction project appropriations over the past 20 years.

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