Budget Process – Public Process

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The Budget ProcessKansas City residents can engage with and influence the Business Plan and Budget Cycle process at a variety of public events, through online and social media platforms, as well as through different interactive applications and tools.

Public involvement in Business Plan and Budget development is crucial in order to legitimize the choices made to achieve structural balance, and to ensure those choices reflect stakeholders’ priorities and preferences for service levels. Citizens and the business community are customers of public services, owners by virtue of paying taxes and voting, and are partners in working to achieve public goals. Public engagement is highly encouraged in Kansas City.

Social Media

Follow, share, and engage with Kansas City’s Citywide Business Plan and budget process on social media.

Resident Work Sessions

Resident Work Sessions are conducted multiple times throughout the planning process – after the submission of the Citywide Business Plan and after the submission of the Annual Budget. At each interval, a series of forums are held in various locations throughout the City. Purposes of the forums are to discuss the Citywide Business Plan and to obtain citizen input that can be used to shape the next annual budget. Additional public sessions are conducted with various interest groups.

Public Budget Hearings

Residents are invited to provide feedback regarding the submitted budget by attending scheduled budget meetings. Council members will travel to three community locations for public hearings on the budget. Additionally, public feedback will be accepted during City Council budget deliberations. These sessions take place at City Hall, 414 East 12th Street, in the Council chambers on the 26th floor. 

Balancing Act Tool

The City of Kansas City, Missouri is taking a proactive approach on ways to involve more residents and businesses in the area when it comes to data and citizen engagement. Through the Citizen Workshops held on the Citywide Business Plan 2017 Update, the Budget Office has continued use of their leading edge budgeting tool, Balancing Act, which allows residents to participate interactively online in the comfort of their own home or office.

Balancing Act is a web tool that promotes financial transparency by allowing local governments to put their budgets online in an interactive, educational format with responsive data visualizations. Through visually-appealing charts and multiple layers of explanatory detail, residents learn about the City of Kansas City’s various revenues sources and expenditures. Balancing Act also allow residents to construct their own local budget, subject to the same constraints that elected officials experience in balancing the annual budget, using real budget data. In addition, residents have the opportunity to individually balance the budget by using the balancing act web tool at our Citizen Work Sessions.

“Balancing Act provides a unique way for residents to help us make the hard choices that we have to make when it comes to our City’s resources by allowing them to choose what programs are critical or less important within the framework of our budgetary limitations,” said Mayor Pro Tem and Finance Committee Chair, Scott Wagner. “This web tool will provide us a means to understand their aspirational goals for our City because we are all in this together.”

Why don’t you try balancing the budget? What are your priorities for the City of Kansas City? Try the Balancing Act!

Open Budget KC

Kansas City is committed to using data and customer feedback to drive the decisions that will set our City on the path toward a stronger and more innovative future. As part of this commitment, Kansas City is creating new Open Data resources which foster resident engagement, and make City data more accessible.

Open Budget KC is an interactive tool which allows residents, business owners, and other stakeholders to visualize and explore how the City allocates its money among the City Council’s priorities.