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Posted on: July 9, 2021

City begins FY2022 priority-based budgeting process

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The City of Branson’s Finance Committee kicked off the months-long priority-based budgeting process for the fiscal year 2022 at a special, public, Finance Committee meeting on July 9, 2021, at City Hall. As usual, this meeting was streamed live and can be replayed anytime at BransonMo.Gov/Livestream.

The City uses priority-based budgeting to achieve the goals the community has outlined in the Community 2030 Plan which is the document the city uses as a framework for planning and budgeting strategies. The first step of the priority-based budgeting process starts with the Finance Committee “scoring” each capital request from all city departments, based on that Community 2030 plan.

“Today is not about money, it is about prioritizing items and actions,” said Finance Director, Jamie Rouch. “As we continue to strive to be the best possible stewards for the citizens who live in Branson, our priority-based budgeting process is a great decision making tool for our leaders. This year is more challenging than in years past. Because there were no items purchased last year due to COVID-19, we have a lot of items to go through,” Rouch said.

FY2022 priority-based budgeting next steps:

  • July 19, 2021 – 9:00 a.m. special Finance Committee meeting to complete the scoring from the July 9 meeting
  • July 2021 – City Finance Department will compile budget analysis and balance the budget
  • September 17, 2021 - regular Finance Committee meeting to review the final budget 
  • September 30, 2021 - special combined meeting with Board of Aldermen and Finance Committee to review the final budget
  • October 26, 2021 - regular Board of Aldermen meeting – Board votes on the first reading of the final budget
  • November 9, 2021 - regular Board of Aldermen meeting – Board votes on the second and final reading of the final budget
  • January 1, 2022 – the budget goes into effect

The Branson Finance Committee reviews and recommends the operations budget to the Branson Board of Aldermen and helps ensure the financial health of the city. The Committee consists of the Mayor, Board of Aldermen, the City Administrator and citizens who are appointed for a one year term.

More information on the city’s budgeting process, including the complete FY 2020 and 2021 Annual Budgets, can be found in the Finance Department’s section on the city’s website.

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