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City Budget Office

About BACs

Overview

Bureau budget advisory committees (BAC) are continuous working bodies that foster and utilize a high level of understanding about a given bureau’s programs and services and then actively discuss and advise bureau budget decisions.  Given this critical and intensive interface between policy-makers and the public, participation by community members in bureau budget advisory committees is one of the most effective venues for the community to provide input throughout the budget process.

Goals

  • To increase citizen involvement in the management of the City's resources;
  • To gain an understanding of City bureaus and the relationship between those bureaus and the needs of the individuals who access the services of city bureaus;
  • To provide recommendations to bureaus regarding goals, priorities, policies and budgets.

Roles

To recommend policy direction for bureaus and the City Council by:

  • Identifying and discussing bureau policies, as well as citywide issues;
  • Identifying and discussing activities and projects in which the bureau is involved;
  • Reviewing current service levels and determining if they should be continued or changed, including the allocation of limited resources and program cuts.

To contribute to the presentation of a budget that is responsive to citizen needs by:

  • Identifying the bureau's objectives and prioritizing budget items that need funding;
  • Obtaining citizen input about budget and policy items through review of citizen surveys and meetings;
  • Establishing and representing the community's priorities for the bureau;
  • Reviewing the current budget to determine if expenses and income levels are over or under the budgeted amounts.

To increase citizen access to the bureau budget process by:

  • Increasing citizen participation in the management of city resources;
  • Providing an opportunity to link citizens to elected officials and their staffs.