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City of

Page, AZ

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Page, Arizona

★ GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Winner ★

Primary Objective

Update the strictly manual budget request collection process using Excel to a software solution that’s easy to learn and use for department heads. Plus, find a better way to communicate with residents who wanted a clearer picture of how shrinking tax revenues were being spent.

Prior to ClearGov, my team submitted our budget requests manually. Finance then manually re-entered this data into their master spreadsheets. The process was time-consuming, and some of the data was inevitably keyed in incorrectly. With ClearGov, the process is far more efficient and accurate.

Lynn Cormier
Director of Community and Recreation Services


Like many local governments, the city of Page, Arizona, had departments submit budget requests using Excel. The city’s finance team then manually re-entered the data into their master spreadsheets. The process was time-consuming, and some of the data was inevitably keyed in incorrectly.

Lynn Cormier, Director of Community and Recreation Services, oversees about seven departments, so manually managing all of their budget requests and the back-and-forth with the finance team was a demanding job.

Additionally, Page is primarily a tourist town, so there are often questions about how tax dollars are used to help residents — especially in recent years as the city has seen a dip in revenue. To foster transparency, the city created and shared its GFOA award-winning budget book on its website. But the reality was that many residents either couldn’t, or wouldn’t, read the city’s 400+ page PDF budget book to find answers.

The city needed to modernize its budgeting process. They needed a software solution that:

  • Was easy to learn and use for department heads to streamline the request process and save them time
  • Served as a communication tool to build trust with residents and help them understand how their tax dollars were being spent


The city adopted ClearGov last year with the finance team using it first before rolling it out to the departments.

Page was not as technologically advanced as other cities that Lynn had worked with, so she was happy to hear they were bringing in something new. She said the platform was easy for her and her departments to learn and it complemented the ERP software they already had in place.

“ClearGov has been one of the easier-to-use applications compared to what I have used in the past. It is user-friendly, and there are a ton of icons that walk you through it. I am not a read-the-instructions person, so the fact that I could figure out how to use ClearGov without reading a manual meant that I had more time to focus on work. It was an easy transition,” Lynn said.

Since implementing ClearGov, Lynn noticed that budget data is more accurate, with fewer typos due to manual data entry and re-entering data into multiple spreadsheets. Overall, the process is now more efficient, and her departments have saved considerable time during budgeting.

The city also used ClearGov’s Digital Budget Book to publish its first website-based budget book and they continued their streak of earning a GFOA award for their commitment to budgeting excellence. Recently, the city started building out and leveraging its Transparency page. The Community & Recreation Services department has been thrilled with how easy it is to update their dashboard with timely and relevant communication for residents.

Combined with their Digital Budget Book, it was exactly what they needed to better communicate budget information to residents. The easy-to-navigate Digital Budget Book is graphical, engaging, and not intimidating — which is especially important for the general public.

With ClearGov, residents can pull up precisely what the Community & Recreation Services department has spent on local trails, parks, etc., and the progress of projects important to them. When they can see the budget data for themselves and easily understand it, it legitimizes what the city says about the changes in revenue and expenses.

ClearGov has been one of the best government transparency tools I’ve worked with. Like many organizations these days, we’ve had a dip in revenues, and so we’ve had to cut our expenses. This caused concern in the community. So one of the best aspects of ClearGov is the ability to present our finances to residents in a clear and understandable way that fosters trust between the city and the community.

Lynn Cormier
Director of Community and Recreation Services
May 15, 2023

Matt Benati

Matt Benati is Vice President of Marketing for ClearGov®, the leading provider of Budget Cycle Management software for local governments. Matt is passionate about helping organizations modernize their annual budgeting process by automating workflow, increasing collaboration, and improving transparency between governments and citizens.