Public Engagement in Budgeting
- Participatory Budgeting – a New Way to Involve the Public, by Bill Rizzo, Ph.D., Local Government Specialist, UW-Extension Local Government Center. As Wisconsin municipalities consider ways to engage the public, an innovative idea called participatory budgeting (PB) has been gaining interest. Bill's article appeared in the July, 2015 Municipality magazine.
- When Citizens Decide How Public Money Is Spent - A few American communities are experimenting with participatory budgeting at the neighborhood level. Their experiences can help guide others interested in giving the idea a try. Read more in this article by John M. Kamensky, a senior fellow with the IBM Center for the Business of Government, September 15, 2014
- Let's Talk About Budgeting (PDF) - Kevin Lahner is the Burlington, WI City Administrator. His Power Point, presented at the League's 2013 Annual Conference, presents specific ways Burlington is engaging citizens to become part of the City's decision making process.
- City of Madison’s Community Budget Conversations
- Citizen Education and Involvement (PDF) - A PowerPoint presentation prepared by the city of Eau Claire's Finance Department
- Striking a Balance: Matching the Services Offered by Local Governments with the Revenue Realities - An International City/County Management Association (ICMA) White Paper (Presents a summary of the current financial trends faced by communities; the strategies adopted to deal with those challenges; and examples of successful citizen participation efforts.)
- A Local Official’s Guide to Public Engagement in Budgeting, published by Institute for Local Government (ILG) - This publication describes five general approaches that local agencies use, often in strategic combination, to involve residents in the budget process. ILG is the research and education affiliate of the California State Association of Counties and the League of California Cities.