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Posted on: March 28, 2019

[ARCHIVED] City of East Lansing to Implement Priority Based Budgeting

EAST LANSING, Mich. — At its meeting on Tuesday, March 26, East Lansing City Council approved a contract with ResourceX for its Priority Based Budgeting (PBB) product.

PBB is a form of strategic budgeting that determines the priority and value of City services by assigning scores to each City program based on results, mandate level, cost recovery, the population served, demand and degree of reliance.

The process identifies the true cost of each City department and the services the department provides, while determining how impactful services are in achieving desired outcomes. Information derived from the PBB process will assist the City Council in making important decisions during their budget deliberations and provide a more transparent and inclusive budgeting process for East Lansing community members.

“This new, transparent approach to the budgeting process will help us align our resources with the priorities of our community, while determining the true cost of our services and identifying areas where efficiencies can be made and new revenue can be generated,” said East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas.

The approved contract with ResourceX includes the software, on-site implementation and staff training; three months of ongoing support; and OpenPBB - a community-facing data dashboard that increases transparency and allows community members to see how money is being spent.

Initial implementation of the PBB software is expected to take approximately three to six months.

More than 200 cities, counties, school districts and non-profit organizations across the country have partnered with ResourceX to implement PBB, including Battle Creek, Mich.; Kalamazoo, Mich.; and several others: Community members can learn more about ResourceX and PBB at

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