Pension cost inflation emphasizes the need for citizens to easily identify the cost drivers in their local budgets.

July 26, 2013 at 9:24 am

Moving from “what” government services cost to “why” they cost what they do.
And, explaining the “why” behind the cost trend lines.

There are two ways to look at local spending.  Both perspectives are important.

Spending by function
This tells you how much it costs to run the various city departments.

Function

Spending by expenditure type
This tells you why city services cost what they do.

ExpenditureType

“If taxpayers could understand more easily where the dollars are going via a different way of reporting expenses and seeing trends over time, they could more easily exert pressure to apply the brakes.”
St. Paul Pioneer Press editorial, January 31, 2012

Entry filed under: Public Policy | Government Affairs.

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