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Today’s local governments are under great pressure to provide services faster, cheaper, and in more customized ways while meeting stringent standards for financial transparency and performance accountability.
These trends, coupled with a growing distrust of public institutions, suggest that local governments have much to gain from effective communication with citizens about service delivery costs, processes, and priorities. The budget process is an ideal forum for presenting that information and stimulating community involvement.
This InFocus Report outlines best practice principles for using the budget as a communication tool. It provides several examples of simple but effective techniques designed to promote effective citizen understanding of and participation in the budget process.
Purchase this InFocus Report to learn more about
the core principles of effective budget communication and of the associated challenges and drawbacks
updates on ongoing budget communication issues
how to engage citizens in the budget process
the need for transparency