Budget Conversation Continues

Citizens Invited To Continue the Conversation On Priority-Driven Budgeting Initiative

As part of its ongoing effort to include citizens at the center of the budget process, the City of Cincinnati will be holding a conversation on the Priority-Driven Budgeting initiative and how it relates to the 2013/2014 budget process.

Meeting Date & Time: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at 5:30 p.m.

Location: Community Action Agency (Gwen Robinson Auditorium), 1740 Langdon Farm Road, Cincinnati, OH 45237

Citizens who can't make the meeting can continue the conversation on-line at our Facebook page and visit the Priority-Driven Budgeting webpage for background documents and reports, including the results of the online and mail-in surveys

Background

Last spring, Cincinnati's citizens -- through a series of open discussions, focus groups, and online forums -- articulated the kind of community they want and how they expect government to operate. The outcomes of these discussions generated seven key goals, or "Strategic Priorities," to help provide a direction for budget decisions:

  • Inclusive, Thriving & Livable Community
  • Well Planned & Developed Infrastructure
  • Safe Community
  • Sustainable Built & Natural Environment
  • Commerce & Jobs
  • Leadership & Financial Stewardship
  • Efficient & Effective Basic Services
 

Consultants, on behalf of the City, conducted on-line and mail-in surveys this summer. The surveys were designed with two goals in mind:

  1. Determine whether the Strategic Priorities represent the views of the city as a whole (via a statistically valid mail-in survey)
  2. Evaluate how each of the seven Strategic Priorities compares to each other in terms of importance to Cincinnati's citizens

City departments broke down their services and budgets by program, which were then evaluated against these Strategic Priorities, as well as the following criteria: whether or not the City is legally mandated to provide the program or service; the level of demand for the program or service; the cost recovery of the program or service; and the reliance on the City to provide the program or service.

Current Status & Next Steps

The City's Office of Budget & Evaluation is using data gathered from the Priority-Driven Budgeting initiative to analyze programs and services for cost savings, revenue enhancements and budget reductions.

Departments are identifying programs and services which can be divested, provided with other departments or outside partners, provided at lower levels of service and cost, and/or be provided with increased revenues or fees.

City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. will use these data and analysis in conjunction with policy direction from City Council to form his recommended budget, which he will submit to the Mayor and City Council in mid-November.

Additionally, citizens may comment on the City Manager's Recommended Budget during the Budget & Finance Committee's public meetings later this year.

Online

Please visit the Priority-Driven Budgeting webpage for background documents and reports, including the results of the online and mail-in surveys.