We are planning to present the proposed 2010 City Budget in the first week of November so this is the time of year that the staff and I are making the tough choices of what gets included and what gets cut out of the city budget for next year. The budget parameters that we’re working with are a 1% increase and a 2% decrease. To hit those numbers we will develop both scenarios and present City Council with the details of what’s in and what’s out in each option. In order to help us get off on the right track, we’re asking Council for their budget preferences for next year — meaning what services would they like to see get more money, the same money or reduced money. We did this same survey of Council and the community in 2007 and it became the basis for the decisions we made in the 2008 and 2009 budgets so we think it’s time to do it again.
Here’s the survey form: (if you want to see the results from 2007 click here)
Since we’re asking Council for their budget preferences by service area we’ve tried to dig into the budget and pull out more service specific costs so that they have a general idea of where the money is being spent by the functions and services we do. Our existing budget document does some of that but many services cross-over divisions, departments and line items so the financial data is not always evident and requires some extrapolation and calculation which we’ve recently completed. To that end I think we’ve provided decent, order of magnitude numbers that hopefully will make it easier for them to convey their budget preferences from a service perspective.
Here’s that service/function budget information: