Updated: Apr 16
The City budget document is over 700 pages long. There is a lot of information about goals and targets, but not much about whether targets are met, the value of what is accomplished and how the cost compares to other cities. I will press the city manager to provide a clear definition of what is to be accomplished, metrics to define success and to provide a report based on those metrics. Look at the Dallas budget for 2015-2016, or the Houston budget and you will see what I mean. I will press for a zero base budget for about 20% of the spending each year. That way, each department gets a thorough review and has to justify it's existence about once every five years.