Funding Public Services: The Role of Budgeting

Opening Session | Friday, September 4, 2020 | Albemarle County Office Building
Closing Session | Friday, November 6, 2020 | VACo Training Center
Cost: $350
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Registration Deadline | August 20, 2020

Ideally, the development of county budgets will be driven by specific policy goals.  However, establishing clear policy objectives, and more importantly, ensuring that they reflect a community’s values can present a challenge. Furthermore, local governments often face a fiscal crunch, demanding that county leaders juggle budgeting requirements, the cost of services, and a return on investment of their citizens’ tax dollars.

The purpose of this course then is to provide county supervisors with the knowledge and skills necessary to confidently navigate the budgeting process. Students will explore the legal basis of operating and capital improvement budgets, delving into line-item, program, performance, zero-based, and outcomes-based budgeting methods. Supervisors will also analyze local county budgets, searching for unique features and successful methodologies. Participants will then examine the need for evaluation tools, performance controls, and effectiveness and efficiency measures in the budgeting process.