What would you say are some of the simplest ways to learn how a city budget works?
How can you increase the odds that doing GOOD municipal budgeting gets into the "Institutional memory"?
What is the most important page in the budget? Where do governments hide expenses in the budget?
Budget page example
What's the best way of determining whether expenditures in a budget are reasonable for the City, or whether the City is doing the right thing with its budget?
Accurately accounting for depreciation/budgeting for replacement costs is NOT something most local govs do due to capacity.... What can be done to rectify this?
Are there any smaller cities which have implemented ST-thinking and are less budget strapped than years ago?
What are some questions citizens can ask themselves and/or city leaders about the hidden costs of new developments like stadiums, big chain stores, etc.? How should we evaluate these types of projects from a financial perspective?
What's the difference between priority based and traditional budgeting? How can you tell which your municipality is using?
Referenced in the session
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