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Help Guide

Here are some general tips on how to use Open Bethlehem:
  • The portal allows you to explore budget and historical finances in a simple graphical user interface.
  • You will notice the title of the chart or graph you are viewing on top along with the account type selector. You can use the filters to see the data that is of most interest to you.
  • To focus on specific data – like fund, department, expense type, or any combination – look to the left and use the menu on the side panel. These selectors allow you to specify exactly what breakdown you want the graph or table to represent. When you select “Filtered By” the data filter pops up and allows you to turn on or turn off selected filters for that category – funds, departments, expense type.
  • Keep in mind that some departments or expenses only receive funds from specific funds – if the department or expense is not funded from a particular fund, it will be grayed out.
  • There are five different types of visual representations of the data – an area graph, an area graph by percentage, a line graph, a pie graph, and a table. You can change your view by type at any point by simply selecting the different type of representation. The data will automatically convert. These functions are on the top right.
  • You can also download the data into a .csv spreadsheet and .png image.
  • You can share the data (any view of the data) on a social network or by email.