Applications are now open for citizens who are interested in participating in the City of Chattanooga's Budgeting for Outcomes process, which helps determine how operating funds are allocated to community priorities.
Applications opened today and will remain open until Nov. 13. Citizens can apply online using the City's Boards & Commissions platform at www.chattanooga.gov/boards-commissions. Applications are posted under "Budgeting for Outcomes FY19 Results Teams."
By serving on this team, Chattanoogans have an opportunity to shape the future of Chattanooga by helping decide where over $210 million is spent, according to a news release from the city. By participating on a results team, they help evaluate budget offers from city departments and nonprofit partners and make recommendations for what should be funded.
Besides providing insight into the workings of city government, serving on a results team is an opportunity to give feedback on the one-year plans of city departments and nonprofits in order to support innovation, collaboration, and better outcomes for Chattanoogans, the news release states.
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke introduced the Budgeting for Outcomes process in 2013 soon after taking office. Used in several cities throughout the United States, the method focuses on priorities and results when preparing city budgets. The process encourages collaboration and efficiency between departments, to ensure the best use of taxpayer dollars.
"By allowing citizens to apply to be on the results teams, it will create even more engagement with our budget process and city government," Berke said in a statement. "Through an engaged community, we can build a stronger Chattanooga together that will lead to prosperity and a higher quality of life."
For more information, visit budget.chattanooga.gov.