What are the most fruitful ways to dissect a city budget for the non-accountant? Are there any standards for releasing budget data that I should be advocating?
In my particular case(Fort Lauderdale, FL), I am working with unofficial documents provided by the city upon request. I am interested in putting together some kind of visualization, but I am having difficulty understanding the basics of the budget.
I did notice that there seems to be a reporting of local budgets(at least part of them) to the state (i.e. Transparency Florida's Local Budgets page), hopefully using a standard format.