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Douglas County is interested in any good examples and/or templates for an annual Budget in Brief report, based on the adopted budget.
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Lynn - The following are links to 4 county budgets in brief that I hope are helpful:
Salt Lake County, UT – 2011 Budget in Brief
Pierce County, WA – Multi-year Budgets in Brief and Executive Summaries
Gwinnett County, GA – arrow down to 2012 Budget in Brief (PDF)
Leon County, FL – Multi-year Budgets in Brief
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The City of Maryland Heights' Budget in Brief:
Very nice! THank you Mark!
27 Feb 2012
Several years ago a city council member challenged us to get the entire operating budget and capital improvment program down to a 3x5 card. We accomplished it, but it does fold out to 3x17. It is interesting that something that started out as a joke has become a critical part of our communication with the Ctiy Council and the community. We print hundreds during the public portion of our process. We only use it for the Proposed Document.
Wow! That was quite a challenge, but I like the idea of "pocket size" Thank you Catheryn!
The City of Sparks' Finance department publishes a Budget in Brief every year.
This is nice Kathy! Similar to City of Maryland Heights - a bit like a newsletter format. Thanks so much neighbor! :)
Here is Jefferson County's Budget in Brief.
2012 Budget in Brief new Final.pdfSubmit
Thank you Pat! I like this one very much - looks like a booklet format. Very helpful!!
28 Feb 2012
A couple suggestions: First, I have attached Hillsborough County's "Taxpayers Guide" which is our version of a budget-in-brief and provides context for what drives a budget over time in addition to the summary information from our biennial budget process.
Second, if you google "county budget-in-brief" you will find a long list of documents you can peruse for the style you want to use. You might consider cross-checking what you find against the list of budget presentation award winners at GFOA's web site.
Many but not all have a budget-in-brief and the GFOA program provides links to local governments' documents. You can look at comparably sized jurisdictions or ones in your state that comply with similar processes.
For cities, simply google "city budget-in-brief" and you probably get even more examples than with counties.
Great suggestions Eric, Thank you! And, thank you for a copy of your document! Lynn
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