Financial Intelligence Tool

People are looking at your FIT data—are you?

Every local government in Washington is legally required to submit an annual financial report to the State Auditor's Office. In turn, SAO is legally required to publish the data from that annual report and make it available to the public. We do this through our online Financial Intelligence Tool (FIT).

Every quarter, we publish an updated snapshot-in-time of the financial data SAO has, which ensures that FIT contains the most recent data for every local government that successfully filed a report.

FIT’s projection feature pushes your finances into 2022 and beyond

Budgeting and planning season is here for local governments that have a Dec. 31 fiscal year-end. With 2022 on the horizon, some governments might be anticipating increases to certain revenues or planning changes to salaries and benefits. Our Financial Intelligence Tool's (FIT) “Add Projection” feature allows governments to adjust their known or anticipated revenues and expenditures, and then project those amounts into the future. Continue reading to learn how to access this feature and start projecting today.

How to create a projection

FIT Data Stories: What does FIT tell us about Cash balances in Cash-basis cities

Cash is the heartbeat of government operations, especially for smaller cash basis governments. For better or worse, without cash there is no government spending. And without spending, there are no government services. As the old saying goes – cash is king! So how much cash is needed to keep a cash –basis government's operations humming? The proper amount of “cash balance sufficiency” (CBS) for a government depends on each government's spending priorities and what it hopes to accomplish for its citizens.

Recently filed your 2020 annual report? Check out your data in FIT.

Congrats on submitting your annual report. If you are a local government user, the Financial Intelligence Tool's (FIT) role-based functionality allows you to access your 2020 data right now! There is no need to wait until June if you use the “Live” Annual Filing Data option. First, login in to FIT, then select “Live” Annual Filing Data in the upper right hand corner drop down menu. You now can explore your updated trends, financial health indicators and more.

FIT Data Stories: Sales tax

Sales Tax – Oh the stories FIT data can tell!

Sales tax represents about a quarter of all city and town revenues, but did you know that three Washington cities or towns derive more than 50 percent of their total revenues from sales tax? Can you guess which ones and why? Unlock the answers to these questions and a world of other sales tax data stories by opening our interactive infographic based on data from the Financial Intelligence Tool (FIT).


FIT data refreshed on January 1

The Financial Intelligence Tool (FIT) refreshes quarterly with data submitted by local governments.

This most recent refresh added 23 more filers and brings the total local government data presented in FIT to 95 percent for fiscal year 2019.

A list of governments that have or have not filed can be found via a link at the bottom of any FIT page.

Fiscal year 2020 data is set to publish on June 30, 2021, which is 30 days after the last filing due date.

How FIT are you?

It's an understatement to say that COVID-19 has presented significant challenges this year. We have witnessed its devastating effects physically, prompting us to take extra health precautions and increase virus testing. At the same time, it's important to take precautions fiscally to ensure local governments maintain financial health. With decreased revenue and increased costs, local governments must be especially vigilant and use reputable resources and tools to inform them when making difficult financial decisions.