Does the budget tell you what you need to know in order to act from the viewpoint of the city council member, the public works department, and the average citizen?

Does the budget tell you what you need to know in order to act from the viewpoint of the city council member, the public works department, and the average citizen?

  

Chapter 5 highlights the budgeting techniques, fiscal management practices, and accounting principles that assist public administrators in aligning resources to outcomes. For this short paper, review Exercise 1 on page 193 and then write a paper that answers the following question:

Does the budget tell you what you need to know in order to act from the viewpoint of the city council member, the public works department, and the average citizen?

Explain your answer using the strengths and weaknesses of the various budgeting techniques outlined in Chapter 5.

Guidelines for Submission: Your paper should be about 1 page in length with double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins. Sources should be cited according to APA style.

Public Administration: An Action Orientation

Robert B. Denhardt, Janet V. Denhardt, and Tara A. Blanc

Cengage Learning

Seventh Edition

2014

ISBN: 978-1-133-93921-4

Figure 5.4 contains several pages from the City of Tempe’s budget document. Analyze these budget pages from the perspective of (1) a city council member who will have to make decisions about which city services to fund; (2) the public works department director, who wants to improve services to the community; and (3) an average citizen interested in seeing whether the city’s tax dollars are being put to good use. For the purposes of each viewpoint, how complete and clear is the information? Does the budget tell you what you want to know in order to act? How might the budget presentation be improved? To what extent is any local govern- ment’s budget a reflection of the particular locality? https://mbsdirect.vitalsource.com/books/9781133939…

  
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