Budgets of Austin and Detroit Comparison Essay by Nicky

A comparison of the budget formats of the cities of Austin and Detroit.
# 151495 | 1,653 words | 2 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 11, 2012 in Political Science (State and Local Politics)

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The paper describes the performance format of Austin's budget and discusses the efficacy of this format for an average citizen and for individuals more intimately involved with a certain department's or program's operations. The paper then looks at the city of Detroit's services budgeting plan and format and explains that this budgetary format is more effective than Austin's both for city officials and planners, and for others who have an interest in the way Detroit earns and spends its money. The paper concludes that the city of Detroit's budget shows that detail and overall clarity are entirely achievable in a municipal budget, making it more effective and efficient than the city of Austin's budget.

City of Austin's 2007-2008 Budget
City of Detroit's 2008-2009 Budget

From the Paper:

"This budget is quite clearly a performance budget, as it is presented according to specific programs and objectives (Lee et al 2008). These programs are organized by city department and the hierarchy of the city's power structure as identified in charts that appear at the opening of the budget. Different programs and objectives are presented in terms of their fiscal success--i.e. their ability to take in revenue compared to their expenditures, which though not expected to break even in most cases in the city budget still provides a general idea of budgetary health--making overall departmental budgets and fiscal successes (or failures) somewhat more obscure. The performance budget does make year-to-year program comparisons and goal development much easier, allowing for the generation of future budgets based on past performance measures, but clouding other important factors that would also certainly be quite influential in annual budget adjustments and developments (Lee et al 2008).
"This, in part, explains the need for the abundant text that is found as a preliminary section to the Austin city budget; the performance form of the budget does not leave a great deal of room for explanation or reasoning directly alongside the individual programs themselves, so instead extensive rationales and commentary is included prior to the presentation of the budget itself."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Lee, R.; Johnson, R. and Joyce, P. (2008). Public budgeting systems. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.
  • Stenberg, C. (2007). Managing local government services: a practical guide. Washington. D.C.: ICMA.

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