The City of Flagstaff, AZ is now in their second year of Priority Based Budgeting (PBB). In the first year, Council and City leadership developed key community priorities and objectives. Additionally, the City developed their initial program level data platform (inventory, costing and scoring).
The City of Flagstaff uses Priority Based Budgeting (PBB) to guide the creation of its budget each year. PBB allows the City to answer three key questions;
1. What do we do? To answer this, the City creates a list of all of the programs or services that it offers. Examples might include airfield maintenance or wildfire management.
2. What does it cost? To answer this, the City allocates all of this personnel costs, non personnel costs and revenues collected to each program that it offers.
3. Do the programs offered align with the priorities of the Community? To answer this, the City Council and Flagstaff residents determine the community's Key Community Priorities and Objectives for the coming fiscal year. Programs and services offered by the City that best match those objectives are then prioritized within the City's budget.
The City of Flagstaff is now further engaging citizens in the PBB process during year two. This year, the City will actively be soliciting citizen input in identifying programs that most align with community objectives.
See the citizen focused video below that provides an overview of PBB in Flagstaff and encourages citizen participation.
Great work City of Flagstaff in engaging citizens to forward your application of Priority Based Budgeting!