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As The Leader in
21st Century Budgeting, 
We're Doing Budgeting Differently

OnlinePBB Budgeter connects your budget
process to the priorities of your community

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OnlinePBB Budgeter

OnlinePBB Budgeter is the bridge between your PBB data and your budget process. Each request begins with a program instead of a line item. Therefore, the impact of the request is at the program level and tied to the organization's results. It allows departments to declare intent and add narrative; then, it provides the decision-makers the ability to observe the big picture.

"In times of fiscal distress, we often ignore values and priorities in favor of just getting the budget balanced.

In times of fiscal distress, it's even more important for governments to communicate their priorities and values to improve budget transparency, demonstrate fairness, and help justify decisions."

Jen Carlson, Finance Director, City of Duluth, Minnesota

It's time to rethink the budget process

The line-item budget celebrated its 100th birthday this year, and it's feeling its age. It certainly serves a purpose for spending control and appropriation management, but it is simply unable to perform as a resource alignment tool. Line-items can't help decision-makers answer these questions:

  • How is this budget request related to the strategic plan?
  • Is the benefit related to our priorities?
  • What programs will be impacted?
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Programs are the Vehicle for Change

Programs add context and clarity. Program centric budget requests deliver a robust data set to communicate to decision-makers a wealth of information from the onset, including:

  • Level of Mandate

  • Demand

  • Population Served

  • Cost Recovery

  • Reliance

  • Total Cost

  • Line-Item Detail

  • Staffing Information

  • Alignment to Priorities

  • Contribution to Custom Outcomes (ex. Climate, Equity, etc.)

Budgeter Solves the Line Item Challenge

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Programs are Directly Tied to Your Budget Data

The process begins with the program, instead of the line item.

Your line-item data is baked into the OnlinePBB Budgeter request process by way of the Cost Allocation phase of PBB implementation. As departments build their program-based budget requests, they will interact directly with the line items allocated to those programs. The significant step forward is in aligning resources directly with the programs where they are needed.

Priority Based Budgeting Builds the Data
Budgeter Provides the Budget Experience

"The magic happens when you're not just telling a compelling story, but you're solidifying your data in the tools and preparing next year's budget"
Chris Fabian, CEO, ResourceX

OnlinePBB Budgeter
To Increase Transparency in the Decision Making Process

Building a proposed budget with program data

With OnlinePBB Budgeter, you can create budget requests at the program level with built-in cost and program data to serve as a fully built decision package. Programs increase accessibility and communicability between organizational staff and elected officials tasked with understanding requests and making decisions. Each programmatic budget request includes the nature of the program change and the resulting impact(s) of that change. Additionally, the recommended budget impact is described and identified in the allocated budget details of the program. The program budget request comes with both financial and strategic alignment information.

Start with Programs

  • Leverage the program cost allocation.
  • Incorporate alignment to priorities and attributes of each program.

Create Program Requests

  • Indicate the program change and other customizable characteristics for each program request.
  • Propose an associated line item impact for each request.

Refine Requests

  • Customize additional fields to capture necessary information for a complete budget decision package.
  • Utilize reports to review all data associated with every request.

Review and Approve Requests

  • Evaluate requests according to overall priority and/or attribute alignment.
  • Easily use the Excel output to create a new budget to reflect the approved requests in OnlinePBB.
"You included council in a budget meeting that was fully inclusive. You laid it out. It wasn't just thrown in a book and left for us to interpret and make some guesses at. It's a much improved and open process. That's the way government should operate."
Matt Dalby, City Council Member, City of Ottumwa, Iowa

Fund Your Purpose

Priority Based Budgeting helps local governments make data-driven decisions to ensure efficient and effective resource allocation that is aligned with the priorities of their community.

PBB accentuates opportunities for resource reallocation and maximization to fund a better world. It equips practitioners with a budget that represents the organization's values and empowers users to pursue meaningful change and outcomes that impact their community and society at large.

Learn more about developing program data.

Build the data necessary to communicate the services you provide, the cost of delivering them, and how they align with your community's vision.

Backed by Industry Leaders

The most trusted and well-known industry leaders agree... Programs are the vehicle for change.

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Distinguished Budget
Presentation Award

In an update, effective in 2021, GFOA criteria now mandate the inclusion of program descriptions and program alignment to priorities. The importance of a narrative-rich budget for transparency and decision-making is now recognized in GFOA's prestigious award.

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Credentialed Managers
and Candidates

ICMA Credentialed Managers are viewed with distinction by local governing bodies due to high standards of integrity and professional development. In 2022, Priority Based Budgeting will be a part of that program ensuring these leaders bring the programmatic knowledge and approach to their communities.

Contact us

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