After the recent release of data from the 2009 Annual Surveys of State and Local Government Finances, the Govistics database is now up-to-date with new information on the finances of individual governments.

The new data rolled into Govistics includes revised data from the 2007 Census of Governments and from the 2008 Annual Surveys of State and Local Government Finances.

Both the 2007 and 2008 revisions include:

  • Indiana Individual Income Taxes: Individual income tax revenues and intergovernmental revenues from the state have been revised for Indiana local governments to reflect classification changes.
  • North Carolina General Sales Taxes: General sales tax revenue and intergovernmental revenues from the state have been revised for North Carolina local governments to reflect classification changes.

In terms of the new 2009 data (it takes the Census Bureau a long time to process all of the data they receive from the Annual Surveys of State and Local Government Finances, which is why we’re just receiving 2009 data now), the chart below tells you how many counties and cities/villages participated in the Survey (2009) compared to how many participated in the U.S. Census of Governments, which takes place every five years (the next one takes place in 2012, the last one took place in 2007):

Now, when you’re using the Govistics database, for many municipalities and most counties, you’ll see 2009 data right away where you used to see 2008 data:

That year dropdown menu is actually a new feature that allows you to select which year to show in the visualizations, something you couldn’t do before:

The list you’ll see when you click on the down arrow is of the years for which data are available for your selected municipality, state, county or school district. If you look up a major city, the list of years will likely be quite long.  If you select a small village, the list may be relatively short.

If you hover over the word “Years” above that menu, you will see a message explaining that the list is only for years where data are available and have been reported.

We hope you enjoy the new data and the new feature! Remember, all county- and state-level data are free.

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