BP Process in Review
Budgeting by Priorities (BP) requires governments to work differently from past budgeting practices. Instead of starting with the last year's budget, adding a factor for inflation and perhaps a few new initiatives, this budgeting process is a bottom-up approach. Budgeting by Priorities requires citizen involvement and a new way of thinking for City staff. All the services the City provides are reconsidered through the prism of what services the citizens' value most. The final budget "buys" only those services most valued by the citizens.
- Align the budget with citizen priorities
- Measure progress towards priorities
- Get the best value for each tax dollar
Other jurisdictions have also used this process, including the State of Washington, Fort Collins Colorado, and Mesa County.
Redmond WA Budgeting by Priorities
The City will again use the budgeting process called Budgeting by Priorities (BP) for its 2013/2014 budget. The 2011/2012 process proved to be very successful, allowing the City to continue providing needed services to residents during difficult economic times.