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LCG launches new 'OpenBook' website for budget data

Posted at 9:36 AM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 17:41:22-05

LAFAYETTE, La. — The Lafayette Consolidated Government held its weekly press briefing on Tuesday and unveiled its new OpenBook website where residents can view and download budgeting and expense data from the city and parish government.

According to Chief Financial Officer Lorrie Toups, the website has been in the works for a year and allows citizens to look up LCG financial information at anytime.

Toups said the data comes directly from the department's budget system and is updated in real time. She said the website works with the same budget software her department uses meaning it is easier to update the data.

The website, www.LCG.OpenBook.Questica.com, currently includes three years worth of budget data including graphs and visualizations of vendor payments and budget vs. actual expenses from LCG.

Some of the information on the site includes payments made by LCG, the name of the recipient, which department incurred the charges, and more.

The OpenBook website will be updated each Monday.

LCG Chief Communications Officer Jamie Angelle also mentioned during the briefing that the COVID-19 percent positivity rate for Lafayette Parish has decreased from 15.4% to 10.3%, which will be updated again by the Louisiana Department of Health on Wednesday.

However, he added that just because the percent positivity rate has decreased doesn't mean residents should let their guard down.

Angelle said that the Lafayette Economic Development Authority is asking for anyone who has moved to Lafayette in the last five years from out of the state to complete a survey.

He said LEDA wants to know what determines the quality of life in Lafayette and how it ranks with other cities. The data will be used to determine what is lacking in the local workforce.

The survey can be found at www.Lafayette.org/Lafayette/Quality-Of-Life-Survey.

Angelle also congratulated Lafayette local and UFC fighter Dustin Poirier on his win over Connor McGregor over the weekend.

He said that after the fight Poirier had donated $500,000 to his Good Fight Foundation, which has a project to build a new fitness gym on the Northside of Lafayette to help kids get in shape. Angelle said tuition to enter the new gym will be good grades.

The full press briefing from Tuesday can be viewed below:

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