Monday, November 11, 2013

A Dazzling Portrait of the Power of Priority Based Budgeting

A Community Connected: The 2012-14 Budget Story” seeks to share our budget information in a new way. It identifies what we plan to do over the next two years with the resources placed under our stewardship. It explains the processes we’ve put in place with the community to set the goals that guided our budget decisions. And it tells our story in a way that we hope will be more engaging and easy to follow, using graphics, photos and short stories.”
 - City Manager, Ken Nordhoff, from Page 1: The 2012-2014 Budget Story

So many of us are working so hard to make headway in “authentic citizen engagement.” It’s not easy! One of our fundamental objectives in creating the “unique lens” of Priority Based Budgeting was and continues to be offering a way to “see” the budget in a way that is so easy, so clear, any citizen, any elected official, any staff member, anybody could understand immediately how decisions are made. Not only that, but we want to make it so clear what decisions and what options are open to us and to provide clarity where it’s sometimes uncertain – that was much of the focus of our October article in ICMA's Public Management Magazine.

The City of Walnut Creek, California is among the earliest-adopters of Priority Based Budgeting, having first implemented the process in 2009. As Priority Based Budgeting continues to be the leading practice the most innovative communities continue to implement across the country, we wanted to share with you one of the most significant breakthroughs to date in the work – highlighting what the City has done to transform the way they communicate about the budget with their citizens.

With the “2012-2014 Budget Story,” we are so pleased to introduce you yet another innovation from Walnut Creek! Click here for the full report.

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