Budgeting & Performance Management
I am an advocate of performance-based budgeting, which is a style of governance and budgeting that allocates resources based on performance outcomes, rather than line-items. This is a rigorously data-driven approach to government.
First, we set our goals as a City through a strategic planning process. Second, we fund the programs that achieve those goals most effectively, regardless of what department those programs are located in. As an example, a public safety goal might be met with varying efficacy by Community Development (through addressing blighted properties that create space and opportunities for crime), Public Works (through road diets that reduce vehicle and pedestrian accidents), Economic Development (by increasing quality affordable housing or job opportunities that keep people from resorting to crime to survive), Police (through resident officers that disrupt gang activity by building trust with neighborhood youth), or Fire (through preventing fires by performing residential and commercial inspections). The level of funding a department receives should be related to how we define public safety as a community and the particular public safety goals that we believe are most important for the future of Peoria.
- Create an online dashboard that communicates how well we’re doing on the strategic plan to the public (See City of Boston’s “Cityscore“)
- Push for the creation of an Open Data Portal, which shares publicly accessible data with the public and invites creative problem-solving