Residents of Connecticut can now look up their town’s revenue and spending and compare it to data from other towns using the Office of Policy and Management’s Municipal Benchmarking App.
Under expenses, visitors can see how much is spent per resident on general government as well as public works, public safety, health and wellness, culture and recreation, and debt service.
Town revenue can also be analyzed, including how much of overall revenue come from taxes and how much comes from fines, licenses and permits.
Officials said they hope the project will lead to savings once municipalities realize how much money their neighbors allocate for the same goods and services. The site only includes data from the 2013 to 2014 fiscal year at the moment. Future updates will include details on municipal salaries and employee benefits.
The Municipal Benchmarking project also includes non-financial data like school enrollment and population.
A bill creating the system was passed in 2011 but it has taken several years to get local governments to update their financial accounting systems. About a dozen towns, including East Haven and New London, have not yet sent over their data for benchmarking.