City of Shawnee

Priority Based Budgeting

Budgets Guided by Community Values

The City began the Priority Based Budgeting process with the Center for Priority Based Budgeting (PBB) in 2013. PBB is a process used to understand our larger community values, and then budget according to those values. This process will enable us to reassess our priorities and assist us in making sound, long-term funding decisions. As the PBB staff say, the PBB process provides a new lens for staff and the Governing Body to review expenditures by continuously focusing on the results that are most relevant to Shawnee and the programs that influence those results to the highest possible degree.

What's Already Happened?

On April 13, 2013, the Governing Body discussed community values and the priorities of our community. These priorities - or Results - were defined by staff and affirmed by the Governing Body. The Results identified are:

A comprehensive review of existing services, or 'programs', was conducted, including allocating costs to each Program based on the 2014 budget and then updated with the 2016 and 2017 budgets. Then, each program was assigned a score based on a systematic scoring process and weighted on its contribution to desired Results and key Attributes of the program. The programs that are in Quartiles 1 and 2 contribute the most significantly to the City's Results. Click here for a City Wide Perspective. To view a list and description of each city program, please visit our Program Inventory page.

The City's Work Plan includes projects for 2018 and 2019 and ties together the City's work with Priority Based Budgeting as well as projects that move the City forward in meeting Results.

For more information about the City's PBB, please contact Caitlin Gard, Strategic Initiatives Manager, at (913) 742-6230.