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Brady City Manager Dale Brown and his staff at City Hall prepare budget documents for the City Council to consider, amend and finally adopt. Preparing the information for the City Council is a huge task. It is presented in a series of working documents that the council will go over in detail at public budget workshop meetings.

The planning documents are available at the City of Brady website for public scrutiny now. This transparency is a welcome change from past practice. The Council, mayor and City Manager should be commended for making the process open to everyone. Let them know you appreciate it.Citizens who are concerned about Brady City spending should inform themselves and offer suggestions in the public meetings in July so they can be considered before the final budget takes shape. After mid-August, the 2013-2014 budget will begin to take final form and become increasingly difficult to change. Now is the time for constructive citizen input.

To be helpful, take time to at least look over the planning documents on the city website before offering opinions, comments and suggestions at public meetings. A public meeting is not the proper time or place to expect officials to educate or placate anyone.

There are three budget planning documents available. They can be viewed online or downloaded for printing. They are:

  • Budget Planning Report - A 90 page report showing actual expenditures for each budget item for fiscal years 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12, budgeted vs actual revenue and expenditures for 2012-13 and the proposed budget for 2013-14.
  • Budget Detail Report - A 166 page report showing each budget accounting item with a Description, Explanation and Base Budget amount.
  • Supplemental Decision Package - A 77 page report sub-titled "Summary of Selected Decisions by Priority". This is a list of priority items in the upcoming budget.

Avoid Ignorance, be Informed.

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