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March 30, 2017
Finance Staff Preparing “Budget Book” For Release

 

Hearings will resume following public release of budget narrative, supporting documents

After speed bumps in the rollout of a new technology for publishing the city’s budget proposals led to feedback from press, the public, and the City Council, finance staff are working to produce a “budget book” that presents the information in the Manager’s Proposed Budget in a transparent and comprehensive way, combining numbers with narrative to ensure a clear and easy-to-understand budget layout.

Finance Director Adam Johnson said, “OpenGov worked very well for us as a tool on the budget planning and compilation side, and we were excited about the potential for interactivity and ease of access. Unfortunately, when we made the switch to the presentation side, the functionality, speed, and navigation weren’t as conducive as we’d hoped. And the way the software was running inconsistent calculations gave the staff reason to pause, slow down and ensure that we could stand by the numbers.”

 He added, “We heard from numerous members of the media and the public, and from the Governing Body, that until the kinks in the new system were worked out, the budget book system would better help us achieve our goals for efficiency, accuracy and transparency. We agree, so we’re going to get it done and present it to the public and the governing body as quickly as possible.”

 Staff estimates a week to produce and print copies of the budget book, which will then be distributed to the Governing Body and be made available to download as a PDF on the City’s website. Department-by-Department open hearings will then resume on April 17th, beginning at 9:00am.

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