Priority Driven Budgeting

The City and Borough of Juneau is wrapping up its first Priority Driven Budgeting process.  Priority Driven Budgeting is a recognized tool by the Government Finance Officers Association and the International City/County Management Association.  The process involved seeking a variety of public input through an online survey and a series of eight focus groups.  169 individuals participated in the survey, and 90 attended focus groups.  You can find the results of this public process and the final report to the Assembly on this page.

Full Press Release

Initial Press Release

Focus Group Report

The compiled results from all eight focus groups can be found here.  This report will be presented to the Assembly Finance Committee at their March 8th, 2017 meeting.

Community Priorities

Our four key community priorities, as identified by the Assembly

  • Provides diverse programs and activities for youth, families and seniors
  • Offers a variety of cultural and recreational opportunities
  • Preserves and maintains parks and open spaces
  • Promotes safe, clean and attractive neighborhoods
  • Supports quality education opportunities and job skill development
  • Promotes a sense of community through citizen engagement, neighborhood gatherings and city-wide special events
  • Plans for growth and promotes energy and resource conservation
  • Provides a system of safe and reliable infrastructure including roadways, sidewalks, traffic signals and streetlights
  • Designs and builds accessible, convenient transportation systems that ease congestion
  • Ensures a safe, clean water supply, controls drainage, and maintains utility systems that serve the community
  • Ensures wastewater and solid waste are disposed of in a manner that is beneficial for the long term viability of the community.
  • Maintains quality public facilities (ie., parks, public buildings)
  • Maintains well planned, well maintained transportation facilities for air and marine travel.
  • Provides access to quality, community health care through EMS and hospital services
  • Prevents and lowers the occurrence of crime through proactive community policing and establishing a visible presence.
  • Creates an engaged community through actions such as public outreach and volunteerism
  • Offers organized activities and intervention programs for youth
  • Abates nuisances and promotes building and fire safety
  • Fosters a feeling of personal safety by ensuring well-lit and maintained neighborhoods, commercial areas and public spaces (ie., Streets, sidewalks and parks)
  • Enforces the law, offers protection, and responds promptly to emergencies and calls for service
  • Promotes quality job creation and provides a skilled and educated workforce to fill those jobs
  • Recruits and retains a well balanced mix of businesses
  • Creates and maintains a conducive atmosphere to support Juneau as Alaska’s Capital City
  • Markets the Community’s amenities, location and livability
  • Assures an adequate and affordable housing stock
  • Facilitates business development and growth through incentives, partnerships, and minimizing “red tape”

Survey Results

The online survey asked residents the question: if you had a hypothetical $100 to spend, how would you allocate it across these four community priorities?  You can see the average and median responses graphed below.