Mayor's Program Prioritization 2016-18

The Taking Charge Program Prioritization for 2016-18 has been updated to reflect changes in services as we review programs as part of the City's 2016-18 budget.

Note: Programs over $50,000 are rounded to the nearest $5,000 and programs under $50,000 are rounded to the nearest $1,000.

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The original program prioritization was developed in face-to-face meetings of citizens and city staff. The general public also contributed through telephone and on-line surveys conducted over the last three years.

The City's programs are listed in priority order. As explained in more detail on the Outcome Budgeting - How It Works page, programs with the lowest numbers are the city highest priorities with the exception of Tier 0 programs.

Those programs that start with 0 (example: Aging Partners' Home delivered meals is Tier 0 - Outcome 3 - Goal 3) are mandated by either the state or federal governments and must be provided.

Program costs are those from the General Fund. The City's General Fund relies primarily on property taxes and sales taxes. If a program had other revenue sources, they are listed beneath the General Fund cost. Non General Fund programs (those showing a $0 net General Fund cost) generally receive revenues from federal and state funds, other grants, and user fees.

The programs listed comprise approximately $130 million of the $170 million General Fund. The other $40 million is accounted for by budget items falling into the following categories:

  1. Net costs - some programs receive user fees such the "Adult Sports program" in Parks and Recreation. In the program prioritization only the cost of the service minus the fees is shown.
  2. Principal and interest on city bonds
  3. Police and Fire pension funding
  4. Social security costs for some employees
  5. General expense budget items which are not attributable to any one department's programs

We invite you to comment on your program priorities. Let us know what you think.