The City of East Lansing, MI is determined to create long-term stability by evaluating how resources are used and how those uses align with the priorities of our community. In 2019, the City of East Lansing implemented Priority Based Budgeting (PBB) – a city-wide approach to budget decision-making that assesses the desired results of a community against the programs the government is currently offering and how impactful those programs are in achieving the desired outcomes. The scores do not necessarily represent the inherent value of a program.
Unlike the traditional incremental approach to government budgeting, where the current year’s budget becomes the basis for the next year’s spending plan, PBB allows communities, such as East Lansing, to understand their core values and then budget according to those values. The underlying principles of the PBB framework is to question past patterns of spending and, instead, to prioritize resources to achieve the long-term strategic goals of the community. PBB also informs communities of the true cost of providing services and enhances transparency and accountability within the budgeting process.
While in its first year of PBB implementation, the City will stride to improve the data and resource alignment year after year.