Good budget process is having the ability to clearly articulate municipal budget priorities and have those priorities take form through… 1) Direction – Council and process direction 2) Integration – Allocating resources to priorities through the budget process 3) Decisions – Administrative recommendations and Council decisions aligned with strategic and operational priorities 4) Communication – […]
Thanks to Grande Prairie for sending your budget guru Reginald Hammond for some one-on-one training with Bloom! And a special thanks for the great service from the City of Spruce Grove staff. We rented meeting space in the city’s amazing gymnastics facility. I highly recommend it. Spruce Grove staff Ken Luck and Paul Faser gave […]
A well thought out/organised chart of accounts is a fundamental requirement for utilizing information in a logical way to support data needs. Municipalities need accurate and timely data to support decision making, reporting and transparency. Ensuring the chart of accounts is constructed in a manner that effectively and efficiently captures information, works with financial systems […]
Understanding municipal service priorities supports effective budget decisions and has significant short and long term benefits. Developing a culture linking strategic goals to service priorities can have a significant impact on the success of a municipality.
Creating an environment for priority decision making begins with incorporating a priority culture throughout the municipal planning and budgeting process. This begins with the strategic plan to set direction to determine service priorities. Once service priorities are determined, long term goals and objectives for municipal departments can be planned for. This sets a municipality […]
When looking at the long term sustainability of any municipality, capital planning is a critical component. To consider projects and develop business cases for justification effectively, it is important to understand the high level priorities of capital. Categorizing capital projects in business cases with identified attributes helps to link the projects to long term priorities […]