Budgeting Workgroup: Counties Want In

On Wednesday, January 24, MACo Associate Director Barbara Zektick testified before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee in support with amendments on Senate Bill 192, Workgroup on Categories for Funding Priorities in the Annual State Budget.

This bill would create a workgroup to:

study, evaluate, and make recommendations concerning budgeting models used by state or local governments in the United States that utilize well–defined service categories to set budget funding priorities and then allocate budget resources based on the categories of funding priorities established.

Representatives from the State Department of Budget and Management, the Office of the Comptroller, and the Department of Legislative Services comprise the workgroup.

MACo testified that it would like a “seat at the table,” with one administrative representative for county governments joining the three state representatives. Counties are not only significant beneficiaries of programs in the state budget, but many also incorporate service-based or outcome-based budgeting systems into their own annual budgeting processes. County budgeting experts have meaningful value to add to the conversation, and would welcome the opportunity to participate.