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

Co-founder, Center for Priority Based Budgeting

Chris Fabian is co-founder of the Center for Priority Based Budgeting, an organization whose focus is to help local governments achieve Fiscal Health and Wellness during these challenging economic times. Chris has served as a local government practitioner as well as offered consulting and advisory services to numerous local governments across the country.  Most significantly, his work has centered on the budget process as a lever to produce results, accountability and change; performance and outcome-based management; and rigorous financial analysis and strategy. Pursing the objectives of “Budgeting for Outcomes” (BFO), Chris helped lead the implementation of BFO in the city of Ft. Collins, Colorado, one of the leading organizations using this approach and is now assisting with their conversion to a Priority Based Budgeting model. Most recently Chris has served as a budget practitioner with Jefferson County, Colorado, where he incorporated the lessons learned from BFO into the development of the Priority Based Budgeting process. Chris has served as a senior management advisor for ICMA and a frequent regional trainer and workshop presenter for GFOA. With Jon, he has been a speaker and workshop facilitator at numerous national, regional and state conferences across the United States and Canada. He holds a B.S. in engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

William Bridgeo

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. 


Open to view video.
Open to view video. 90 minutes
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available