- More Accurate and Timely Revenue Data
- Better Tracking, Analytical Tools
Welcome to another Transformation Tuesday. Today, we would like to share with you an update from the Transformation Team’s Budget and Allocation Committee – Strategic Goal #3 “Maintain High Quality Operations and Public Service”.
The committee has been working on a number of projects to update the California Department of Parks and Recreation’s (DPR) internal budget data. One of projects involved creating a better management tool for the revenue reporting database. This new tool will allow increase efficiency and transparency by allowing headquarters and field to view the same revenue data and help users attain relevant, timely, accurate and complete revenue information relating to any program at any level in the department. This is turn, can help DPR enhance the way it supports staff and serves its visitors.
The Revenue Reporting Database, which will become available to the department later this year, is planned to be a one stop for all revenue reporting needs. It was created from the necessity to attain revenue reports by users without the need to have advance knowledge in other software programs in order to manipulate data to create revenue reports.
Revenue generation in DPR comes from multiple sources that can sometimes be complex and varied. For example, internally the department manages revenue programs for junior lifeguards, pass sales, camping, day-use fees, museum entries, special events, boating, and other programs. Additionally, the department receives others types of revenue such as, rental revenue from more than 200 concessionaires, right of entry permits, leases, and more. The variety of collection methods are many and range from automated clearing house transactions to iron ranger cash collections.
This new revenue reporting tool will enable users to query information in any number of ways. The variations to create reports are in the thousands. The tool will also provide as many possibilities to query data to match the diverse needs of its users. For example, reports can be populated at the desire of each user and can be categorized as follows:
- Versatility in the time element – multiple years or a single date.
- One revenue type or multiple revenue types.
- Geographical location within a park unit or DPR-wide reporting capabilities and anything in between.
We are looking forward to fully implementing the Revenue Reporting Database and learning more about our department’s revenue programs.
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