The City is using its Budgeting by Priorities (BP) for the fourth time in its 2015/2016 budget. By using lessons learned from each of the three previous efforts, the City strives to continue providing the highest priority services to the community. (Also view interactive budget site with the current financial data.)

Our 6 Priorities are

Priority Funding - Redmond selected the BP process because it focuses budget decisions on citizen priorities


Priority Funding

Budget Process Overview

Budgeting by Priorities (BP) is about deploying the community's resources to address its priority issues. This is different from most government 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.
  • It directly involves citizens in a new way of thinking for Cities
  • All the services the City provides are reconsidered each budget cycle through the prism of what services the citizens' value most
  • The final budget "buys" only those services most valued by the citizens

  • As a result, the City of Redmond budget is focused on community priorities and not its organizational structure

While the vast majority of city budgets illustrate either department or fund type, the Redmond budget is broken into:

  • Six Community Defined Priorities
  • Strategies that Support the Priorities
  • Budget Proposals (offers) to make progress on the strategy


Budget Offers

  • Serve to produce priorities
  • Help define the cost of the services
  • Create indicators that help measure success


  • Departments respond to Requests for Offers with proposals (Offers) detailing their performance commitment for a stated Priority and assume no guarantee of funding based on historic levels.
  • Only expenditures part of Offers are funded in the Final Budget.
  • Offers are opportunities for departments to propose new or innovative approaches and practices.


  • Offers are ranked by Results Teams according to their value in producing the Priority.
  • Results Teams give feedback to departments about Offers so they can be improved. New offers may be proposed at this time.
  • Results Teams do final ranking of Offers based on what contributes most to achieving the Priority.
  • Money allocations are applied and legitimate mandates considered. The team then makes Recommendations to the Mayor regarding what should be purchased.