Funding Public Services in the 21st Century
Opening Session | Friday, March 22, 2019 | Albemarle County
Closing Session | Friday, May 17, 2019 | VACo Training Center
Registration Deadline | March 12, 2019
In a perfect world, a county budget is driven by specific goals, however, establishing clear objectives, and more importantly, ensuring they reflect the community’s values can be difficult. In fact, establishing a budget policy and linking a county budget with clearly defined goals may even be a new concept to some elected officials. Local governments often face a fiscal crunch, demanding that county leaders to juggle budgeting requirements, the cost of services, and the return on the investment of citizens’ tax dollars.
Understanding these difficulties, VACo and Virginia Tech have partnered to create a course to help county supervisors gain the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the local budget process. During this class, we explore the legal basis of county operating budgets and capital improvement budgets. We delve into various forms of county budgeting including line item, program, performance, zero-based, and outcomes-based. We analyze local county budgets and search for unique features and successful methodologies that could be utilized by other localities. Participants examine the need for budget evaluation tools, performance controls, and the role of effectiveness and efficiency measures in the budgeting process.
Join us and learn how to be an effective voice in your county’s budget process.