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Transparency Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What is Citizen Transparency?Answer: "Transparency" has become the buzz word for knowing how a government is spending or receipting money following the 2009 Open Government Directive. Municipalities, counties and school districts alike have chosen to implement the Citizen Transparency product to help their citizens better understand how their money is being received and where it is being spent.
Citizen Transparency websites provide financial transparency to the public with easy access to expenditure, revenue and payroll information for the current fiscal year, as well as a historical view of previous years. These interactive sites can be used to search details of expenses and revenues by category, department, function, fund and vendor. The data within this site covers every level of finances, from fiscal year totals to individual vendor payments, and is updated on a weekly basis.
Question: Is Citizen Transparency compatible with multiple browsers and mobile devices?Answer: Citizen Transparency supports Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers, as well as most mobile device browsers.
Question: Can charts and tables be exported and printed?Answer: Charts and tables can be exported and printed within most reports. Where the toolbar with the "Actions" button is available, users can export, print, refresh, search and navigate the associated report. Where the toolbar with the "FILE" button is available, users can export, print and refresh the associated report. For more information about exporting and printing reports, please reference the User Guide.
Question: How do I use the filters?Answer: When Slicer Filters are available, users can select either individual or multiple items from the filter menu. To select individual filter items, simply click on one item from the filter menu. To select multiple filter items, press and hold the Ctrl button on your keyboard and click on multiple items from the filter menu. Once all items are selected, release the Ctrl button. To clear filter selections, click on the Remove Filter button on the top right corner of the filter menu.
When Drop-down Filters are available, users can also select either individual or multiple items from the filter menu. To select individual filter items, click the items listed in the filter to open the drop-down filter window. Once the drop-down filter window is open, check or uncheck items using the check boxes to the left of the filter items. Once the item is selected, click the OK button. To select multiple filter items, open the drop-down filter window and select multiple items using the check boxes. Once the items are selected, click the OK button. To select or deselect all filter items use the Select all check box.
Question: Are Assistive Technology and Accessibility Features available?Answer: Citizen Transparency utilizes a Microsoft SharePoint framework that allows users to perform tasks using assistive technology and accessibility features that interact with screen readers. To begin utilizing the accessibility features, the More Accessible Mode should be turned on. Users can turn on More Accessible Mode by pressing the Tab key immediately after navigating to the Citizen Transparency site. The Tab key should be pressed until the Turn on more accessible mode link is reached, and then press the Enter key. More Accessible Mode renders menus and optimized fields for use with screen readers and other assistive technologies.
Most screen readers and other assistive technologies will work with Citizen Transparency, including the basic screen reader Microsoft Narrator. Narrator comes standard with the Microsoft Windows operating systems starting with Windows 2000 and newer. Narrator reads text and describes action items on the sites' pages.