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CFO Sink Encourages Floridians to Be More Engaged in Local Decisions about Their Tax Dollars


CONTACT:  Tara Klimek or Brannon Jordan
(850) 413-2842      
Announces new Web site to educate Floridians about local government finances
TALLAHASSEE — In an effort to educate Floridians about their own local government income and spending, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink today announced the launch of “Your Local Government Dollars and Cents,” which can be found on her Web site,  “Your Local Government Dollars and Cents” is a new tool that provides Floridians easy access to their local government’s revenues and expenditures.
With greater information about the finances of Florida’s local governments and Tuesday’s passage of the property tax amendment, CFO Sink is encouraging Floridians to work with their local governments in determining local priorities and ways to streamline services.
“I’m launching ‘Your Local Government Dollars and Cents’ to help Floridians get educated and more engaged in local government spending,” said CFO Sink, who oversees the Department of Financial Services (DFS).  “I encourage every Floridian to use this tool and get more involved in how their local tax dollars are spent.  With governments actively cutting their budgets, it is essential that Floridians make it clear what their priorities are for their communities.”

At “Your Local Government Dollars and Cents,” Floridians can search by city, county or special district for a variety of revenue information, including: ad valorem taxes, grants, fees, fines and more.  They can also look up their local government’s expenditure information, including amounts spent on schools, transportation, public safety, general government and more.  Floridians can create reports comparing governments, revenues and expenditures, and electronic data is available by year from 1993 through 2007.  Floridians may also be interested in revenue and expenditures data for local school districts, which can be found at Florida’s Department of Education. 
Since 1973, Section 218.32, Florida Statutes has required DFS to collect this financial information from local governments.   CFO Sink launched the site to make the information more easily available to the public and help educate Floridians local government spending.

As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.