Budgeting Process


Develop

Mayor and Directors work together to develop the "Mayor's Budget Proposal"

Review

The "Mayor's Budget Proposal" is submitted to the Council for review and approval

Balance Budget

The Council, Mayor and Departments work together to develop Balanced Budget

Public Hearing

Council will present the Balanced Budget to the citizens via public hearings

Approve Budget

The annual budget is approved by Council upon closure of all public hearings

Appropriate

The final approved budget will be appropriated to the programs as defined in budget details

Execute

Mayor and Departments will execute and manage the appropriated budget


The Budget Development Process

The budget is a plan that tells how the city will use limited financial resources to best provide for the needs of its citizens. The final plan is the responsibility of the City Council and the Mayor based on the recommendations of the individual departments within the city.

The budget should be a document that can be used to inform and educate the public and elected officials about the city’s structure, achievements, challenges, and direction. A budget document should ideally be a policy document, an operations guide, a financial plan, and a communication device.

The City of Meridian uses program based budgeting. A program is a broad category of similar services (WHAT) for an identifiable group (WHO) and for a specific purpose (WHY). A program has specified goals and objectives. The first step in the budget process is to identify the needs or problems that make the program necessary.

Once the program need has been identified and the program goal established the program must be evaluated. This requires systematic review to determine if the program is meeting its goals or moving in the right direction. From this evaluation financial needs can be identified and financial expenditures tied to results.


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