The State Worker

Controller John Chiang unveils website to track local spending, pension overviews

A new website went live Monday that culls more than decade of California city and county financial information into a searchable database compiled by the State Controller’s Office.

ByTheNumbers.sco.ca.gov allows taxpayers to track revenues, expenditures, liabilities, assets, fund balances and other information provided by more than 450 cities and the 58 counties statewide. The data runs from fiscal year 2002-03 through 2012-13.

Controller John Chiang, who is running for state treasurer, said in a statement that the website is moving government information “out of the analog dark ages into the digital era.”

The website allows users to download raw figures, convert them into charts and share the information freely. Chiang’s office said the data will be refreshed each year with updates sent in by local governments.

Chiang, who is an ex officio member of both California’s public-employee and teachers’ retirement system boards, plans to add data for each of roughly 130 public pension systems statewide. The information will include funds’ assets, liabilities, administrative costs, return on investments and long-term funding.

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