In an effort to increase transparency and accountability, the Township has recently created a "dashboard." A dashboard is an easy to use system designed to visually review the status of a business or government. It is intended to help the user quickly evaluate key indicators. Over time, it helps citizens, business owners, staff, and elected officials measure and monitor the overall health and direction of the local government.
The Township dashboard consists of two pieces. The first is the "Municipal Financial Summary." This section is compiled from the Township's audit that is filed with the State of Michigan. It allows the viewer to review and customize financial data from all or each of the Township's funds. The financial summary covers data from 2006 to 2010.
The second is the "Performance Dashboard." This dashboard is separated into four areas of focus: Fiscal Stability, Economic Strength, Public Safety, Quality of Life.
Each of the above sections has a number of indicators that list either a red, green or blue arrow. Each arrow represents whether the performance is decreasing, increasing or staying neutral. Because one year does not necessarily make a trend, you can also click on each indicator to get a graph of the data over multiple years. As we add more data over the upcoming years, this tool will become even more valuable.
While data does not always tell the whole picture, we hope this new system will increase the understanding of your local government.
Click here to view the Township's dashboards.