Friday, May 5, 2017

PBB Provides Branson, MO "A More Fiscally Sustainable Future for the City."

"This year presented the Finance Department with many challenges while drafting the budget, however, priority based budgeting proved an exceedingly valuable tool that provides a "new lens" to balance and present a more fiscally sustainable future for the city." - Jamie Rouch, Branson Finance Director

As Jamie Rouch from the City of Branson, Missouri put it, the evolution of the PBB Master Plan has necessarily shifted from helping communities “implement PBB, to using PBB data to make change!” 

The City of Branson was the first city in Missouri to implement Priority Based Budgeting. Under the leadership of Finance Director Jamie Rouch and City Manager Bill Malinen, the City pursued PBB as a direct means to connect the way they budgeted to the long-term vision and Strategic Plan that Council had developed for the future of the community.

Branson was among the first communities to truly recognize the power of PBB to unify and fortify budgeting with strategic planning. They realized that a Strategic Plan is incomplete, without the backing and support of resources (money and people) to achieve it - PBB was their tool to execute and implement the Strategic Plan, a vital road map for it’s ultimate fulfillment. And to cap it off, under Jamie’s guidance and vision, the final step in this process was communicating their plan, and their story, to their citizens, in the most magnificent way.

This year Branson created a Budget Magazine to compliment their budget book. The intent was to unlock the budget information from the budget for citizens to more clearly understand the Branson budget through info-graphics and short, concise sections.

The Budget Magazine also includes a Priority Based Budgeting section so that citizens can better understand how Branson uses PBB for strategic planning and budgeting. See a snapshot of the PBB section of the Branson Budget Magazine below or to see the full Budget Magazine click here.

Congratulations to the City of Branson for their innovative application of PBB + Strategic Planning and unlocking the budget for the benefit of their citizens!

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If you're thinking of jumping into the world of Fiscal Health and Wellness through Priority Based Budgeting we would certainly like to be part of your efforts! Contact us to schedule a free webinar and identify the best CPBB service option(s) to meet your organization's particular needs.

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