Open Checkbook FAQ

  1. Does the Open Checkbook replace the County's Annual Financial Reports?
  2. What payments are included in Open Checkbook?
  3. What payments are not included in Open Checkbook?
  1. Does the Open Checkbook replace the County's Annual Financial Reports?

    The Open Checkbook is intended to provide the public with an easily accessible view of the County’s finances. It is not intended to supplement or replace the County’s audited financial reports.

  2. What payments are included in Open Checkbook?

    Open Checkbook includes checks for $5,000 or more that were issued from the County’s financial system. In order to give a fuller view of County expenditures, the Open Checkbook also includes payroll and benefits expenditures summarized by department. To see a breakdown of these costs by position, please visit Government Compensation in California.

  3. What payments are not included in Open Checkbook?

    We do not include trust fund disbursements in the Open Checkbook. These trust funds are typically non-County monies that the County “passes thru” to other entities; examples of such pass-thru payments are the forwarding of court-ordered restitution payments to victims and apportionment of property tax revenues to schools and other entities.


    Additionally, due to software limitations and the confidentiality of certain expenditures due to the attorney work product doctrine and/or other applicable privileges, the County is unable to include transactions concerning the Office of the County Counsel at this time. Non-confidential financial records or other public records maintained by the County Counsel's Office are available upon request per the Public Records Act.


    Also not included in Open Checkbook are checks issued through subsidiary systems such as welfare checks and payroll checks. (Open Checkbooks does, however, include payroll and benefits expenditures at a summary level.) Additionally, the Open Checkbook does not include checks issued by external entities using the County’s financial system.


    Finally, County departments also have the ability redact individual payments out of privacy or confidentiality concerns.