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Boulder Reporter | Fixing Our Ailing City Government


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It’s budget time at the Boulder Municipal Building. Before your eyes glaze over and you move on to another article, please remember that you, dear reader, pay the taxes and fees that operate the City of Boulder government. If you care about how your money is spent, you need to look behind the scenes at the flawed process. Let me raise the curtain a bit for you.

On July 27 the Boulder City Council conducted a study session on the 2011 operating budget and the 2011 to 2016 capital improvements budget. The City staff presented a dog-and-pony show on a new system developed by consultants to help set budget priorities. The show was all too typical: wow the Council with fancy footwork, focus on program costs but ignore administrative costs. And, guess who recommended the priorities for City programs under this whiz-bang super-duper Excel spreadsheet program created by yet another consultant? Staff did, not the public.

Read the entire article in the Boulder Reporter: Fixing our ailing City government | Boulder Reporter .

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