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Kalamazoo Commissioners looking at a new budget process

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Fabian called from Colorado, where he says their is snow on the ground, to make his presentation.  He was able to control a slide show on the TV behind the commissioners, from Colorado. (photo credit J.McNeill)
Fabian called from Colorado, where he says their is snow on the ground, to make his presentation. He was able to control a slide show on the TV behind the commissioners, from Colorado. (photo credit J.McNeill)

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) --   The City of Kalamazoo will be the first in Michigan to apply Priority Based Budgeting to the way it spends its money, hoping to do a better job of making sure that it's spending plans meet the needs of the community.

They got a presentation from Chris Fabian, one of the developers of the new approach to budgeting, that can be tracked on a sophisticated computer program.

Fabian says it provides a road-map, a guideline that can be followed to achieve results that have been elusive for most cities.    

Mayor Bobby Hopewell says it’s a more positive approach than their current budget process.    

 City Manager Jim Ritsema says it will take two years to fully implement the system, which includes a lot more citizen input into identifying priorities than the current budget process, and that takes time.

 

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