Website offers window into Baton Rouge government spending
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.