GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — During a meeting on May 10, Mesa County Commissioners approved an agreement with OpenGov, Inc. to move the county’s budget to an interactive, user-friendly online document. The move, which will cost $159,339, is intended to make it easier for the public to access the information.

“Everyone will be able to utilize online budget tools and information to have better insight into Mesa County’s finances and engage in the budget process,” said Mesa County Commissioner Cody Davis. “The software includes a transparency platform that will support the creation of online dashboards and other reports and web pages with information regarding the strategic plan, budget, and performance data.”

The new software will proved easier access for the development and management of the county’s annual budget and improve accessibility and transparency. County staff members will be able to use the software to monitor the budget, make adjustments, and develop budget scenarios.

The county will begin to use the new software for the upcoming budget cycle that beings on July 1. The digital budget book will be available via Mesa County’s website as soon as January 2023.