The Evolution of Priority Based Budgeting
Many local governments are turning to Priority Based Budgeting to help them stay within their financial means by focusing resources on the results most relevant to their communities. Join us in a webinar to discuss the evolution of this system and how your organization can look through a “new lens” for evaluating resource allocation in a far different manner than traditional budgeting systems.
You and your staff will discuss:
- How to accurately align scarce resources with highest priorities
- How to rank services by residents’ willingness to pay for them
- The process of deciding which programs are better served through partnerships with other community service providers
- Evaluating which services should stop being provided
- Locating overlaps in services being provided by multiple entities in the same jurisdictions
- Pinpointing where local governments are competing against businesses in their own communities
Chris Fabian is Founder and CEO of both the Center for Priority Based Budgeting and Resource Exploration. Priority based budgeting (PBB) is a leading best practice in local government and a powerful lever for change. ResourceX provides the software solution and powerful analytic tools to implement a priority based budget using data and evidence to transparently and exponentially improve results for citizens and the community. He combined both companies in 2017 under ResourceX, with staff members in Colorado, North Carolina, Texas, New Mexico, Michigan and Ohio. PBB is now practiced and applied by over 200 organizations across North America.
Chris’s journey into the world of Government Finance began in 2003, when his very first company, the Local Government Solutions Group, was a partner to David Osborne’s “Public Strategies Group” – Osborne, if the name is familiar was co-author of “Reinventing Government” and “The Price of Government.” In partnership with Public Strategies, Chris worked with some of the country’s first pioneers in “Budgeting for Outcomes” – the process that first attempted to propose an alternative to traditional line-item budgeting approach, emphasizing the “Outcomes” that the public gets for its money.
From 2005-2008, Chris’s work centered on creating the Priority Based Budgeting process while a local government practitioner. “PBB” is currently recognized as a leading practice by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) as well as the Alliance for Innovation.
City Manager, Augusta, Maine
Bill Bridgeo began his career in municipal government in 1976 when he became the Assistant Town Manager of Killingly, Connecticut. Three years later he was sworn in and spent six years as City Manager of Calais, Maine. Thereafter, he served for eleven years as City Manager of Canandaigua, New York and for the past twenty-one years has been City Manager of Augusta, Maine. He holds a BA in Political Science from St. Michaels College in Vermont and an MPA from the University of Hartford. He has been active throughout his career in his state and national professional organizations including service as the President of the New York State Municipal Management Association. He was a founding member of the ICMA University’s Board of Regents. He was the 2007 recipient of the Maine Town and City/County Management Association’s Manager of the Year Award. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Maine Municipal Association and the Ethics Committee of the Maine Town and City Managers Association. He also chairs the executive board of the Maine Service Center Coalition.
He is a member of the adjunct faculties of the University of Maine at Augusta (where he teaches courses in municipal administration) and Thomas College (where he has taught graduate courses in ethical leadership). He is married to Janice Church Bridgeo and they have two grown children.