Interactive budget shows you where the money goes

Published: Jun. 19, 2018 at 6:29 PM CDT
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Rapid City officials may be turning the budgeting process upside down with a philosophy designed to emphasize important programs and downplay less important ones.

Instead of a traditional line item budget where money is divided by department, the city now allocates it by program.

The programs are given a rank - one through four - based on how closely they align with the core values laid out in the Rapid City Comprehensive Plan.

A program ranked 'four' is a top priority, while a 'one' is the lowest.

For example, the Police Department's 'patrols and calls for service program' gets a top rank of four, while its records management has a rank of one. The city's budget analyst believes this way of budgeting helps the city put money towards the things that matter most to the people.

It's all about shifting the focus from things that governments buy to things that governments provide and making sure we are prioritizing and allocating resources to the programs that are a high priority," said City Budget Analyst Sean Kurbanov.

You can take a look at all of the city's programs and what priority ranking they received by following this link: