An Interesting Way To Determine Christiansburg’s Budget

Christiansburg is undertaking what is, in my opinion, an interesting way of determining how they'll allocate spending in the next budget cycle.

They're giving residents $100 hypothetical tax dollars to spend as they see most appropriate:

We are inviting the people who live, work and pay taxes in Christiansburg to participate in an exercise designed to understand their priorities for town spending. In the exercise, you are given $100 hypothetical “tax dollars” to allocate among the goals Christiansburg thinks are most important, so we can evaluate which services are of the highest value to our community.

It's called priority based budgeting – fancy term to ask "how would you spend the money" – but I like the concept.

Residents have until March 25th to provide responses.  You can find out more information, and download the form, here.

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