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Budget Direction, Priorities and Decision Making

By Tim Duhamel

Covers effective strategies and methodologies to solicit clear budget direction and priorities early in the budget process to streamline the budget process and improve decision making.

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Course Content

  1. Budget Challenge – By following clear methodologies that identify the budget challenge, decision makers are in a better position to provide budget direction.
  2. Budget Engagement – Effective engagement with the public provides critical information that illuminates budget priorities.
  3. Key Budget Questions – Knowing the questions to ask the public and the decision makers when formulating priorities for the budget is essential to budget success.
  4. Creating an Effective Decision-Making Process – Developing a process that allows the decision makers to make evidence-based decisions is essential to a successful process.
  5. Transparency and Accountability – Being able to determine direction and priorities in a transparent manner is essential to accountable budgeting.
  6. Budget Facilitation – Learn about the essential skills required to become an expert at decision making facilitation.

Course Info


Price:$199.00

PD Credits: 1.5

Category: Budgeting

Updated: March 13, 2024

Duration: 1:32:43


Course Synopsis

Budget Direction, Priorities and Decision Making

About the Author

Tim Duhamel is the founder and President of Bloom Centre of

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About the Author

About the Author

Tim Duhamel is the founder and President of Bloom Centre of Municipal Education.
He is a municipal veteran whose career has spanned over 21 years.
His passion is creating educational material and conducting lectures for municipal professionals. He has lectured as far away as Kiev, Ukraine for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
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Course Description

By following clear methodologies that identify the budget challenge, decision makers are in a better position to provide budget direction.  Effective engagement with the public provides critical information that illuminates budget priorities.  Developing a process that allows the decision makers to make evidence-based decisions is essential to a successful process.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how to identify the key challenges that need to be addressed during the budget process to be in a better position to provide budget direction.

  • Learn how to effectively engage the public through open houses and surveys.

  • Learn the key questions to ask council when starting the budget process including tax dollar increases, service level priorities, and split rate direction.

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Who Should Attend?

Any municipal financial professionals and senior executives from small, medium, or large municipalities.

Elected officials, CAO’s, planners, and finance officers will benefit from having a fundamental understanding and core knowledge of all financial processes.

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