City Council passes Budgeting for Outcome Resolution

Council Vice-President Ian Cotton
Council Vice-President Ian Cotton

The Lynnwood City Council unanimously approved a resolution affirming that Budgeting for Outcomes will be the guiding policy in the City’s development, presentation and implementation of the budget.

The resolution, approved during Monday’s meeting, said in part that “Extensive citizen input and survey data is routinely collected through various methods, such as the National Citizen Survey, and that data should, where possible, be incorporated into the budget process. … ‘Budgeting for Outcomes’ is a method by which budgetary dollars are allocated to specific needs of the City based on a results driven model where the budget is built from collaboration between the Administration, Departments and Council, and is informed by Citizen and Stakeholder input.”

Council Vice-President Ian Cotton, one of the driving forces behind the resolution, expressed his appreciation to his fellow Councilmembers and to the City’s Department Directors, who provided feedback.

“This is part of getting us all in accordance, on the same page, so we all can move forward together,” Cotton said.

Councilmember Sid Roberts noted that the resolution wasn’t a perfect or magical document.

“Rather it is an attempt, just to say, as a City Council, we really do want to do what … our constituents and all the people in our city want and so this is just the beginning of a long process really to streamline our budgeting process,” he said.

– By David Pan

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