Financial transparency

Garfield County is committed to financial transparency through diligent budgeting and fiscal conservancy. To this aim, Garfield County has partnered with OpenGov to create the Financial Transparency Portal.

The portal provides accountability and an honest window into Garfield County’s operations. Residents and customers alike can analyze revenues, expenses and other financial data in the portal.

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Financial transparency guide tips


    Explore budget and historical finances in a simple graphical user interface.
      •    The title of the report is at the top left.
      •    Click on the left side menu to see views of each report.
      •    Select filter to display key menu options.
      •    Select data with the show dropdown.
      •    Use the broken down by dropdown to specify the category to organize the data in.
      •    Select the filtered by option to view data filters, to include or exclude data from a graph.
      •    Use the search function within each filter to find data.
      •    A fiscal year slider shows below the filtered by menu - move sliders to choose fiscal years.

Visual data

   Five visual representations of the data:
      •    A stacked percentage graph shows percentage changes
      •    A stacked line graph visualizes overall trends
      •    A line graph overlays each trend
      •    A pie chart presents percentages by year. The slider shows additional years.
      •    A bar chart compares trends and percentage breakdowns

  Below any chart or graph, view a table detailing financial information for the visual data charts.


   Use the help dropdown in the top right corner to:
    •    View a short guide with tips on navigating the platform
    •    Recall the welcome screen
    •    View a short Budget 101 primer with basic information on multi-fund accounting
    •    Contact the administrators of the account


   Use the share dropdown in the top right corner to:
       •   Share a customized graph or chart through social media
       •   Send a link to a customized graph or chart through email


   Use the download dropdown in the top right corner to:
     •   Download an image of a graph or table as a .png file
     •   Download a spreadsheet as a .csv file


Frequently asked questions

What is the financial transparency portal?

This financial transparency website portal displays government finances over a multi-year period. The default view displays Garfield County's revenues and expenses annually.

How do I select the data I want to see?

To focus on specific data - like a fund, department, expense type, or any combination - use the menu on the left side panel. The broken down by dropdown allows you to specify which breakdown you want the graphs and table rows to represent on the graph. Analyze the expense and revenues data by fund, department, or type.

Can I select more than fund or department?

Yes. Use the data filter on the left side panel to make specific selections within the data. The data filter shows you the hierarchical relationships of funds, departments, and account types. You'll notice the title of the graph you are viewing on top along with the account type selector. You can use the filter to see the data of most interest to you.

How do I see the actual numbers within the graph?

Hover over any area of the graph to see the actual or budgeted amounts for that period. Or, just scroll down to see a table with detailed information.

Can I see the data in a different graph?

In the upper right hand corner, you will see options for the different graphs and tables. There are five graph types overall: an area graph, an area graph by percentage, a line graph, a pie graph, and a bar chart. There is also always a table view below any chart or graph. The table allows you to zoom-in on the detailed financial data selected in the chart or graph above.

Why are there sometimes spikes in one year?

In reviewing multiple years of data, you may see spikes in the individual years; this can be due to unexpected expenses, such as a hard winter, equipment failure, a capital project, or a specific event that required additional funds. You can drill down into our transparency site to learn more about how those expense or revenues are categorized.

Can I save the data I am looking at?

Yes, there are share and download buttons in the upper right corner. You can share any view on a social network or by email. There are also options to download the displayed data in .csv spreadsheet and .png image formats.

How do I learn more about government accounting?

Use the help menu on the top right corner to navigate to the Budget 101 primer to learn more about multi-fund accounting.

Use the help menu on the top right corner to navigate to the contact option to send a message to Garfield County.


Garfield County Finance Department
108 8th Street, Suite 201
Glenwood Springs, CO  81601
Email Finance

970-945-7284 | phone
970-384-5011 | fax

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