January 2009
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The Public Manager

Bringing Transparency to Municipal Budgets

Monday, January 5, 2009

I am a budgeter, which may mean something to people in Washington but

doesnt tend to mean anything to people outside the Beltway. This means


that my life revolves around not just the numbers, but also the politics of

budgeting. Budgeting certainly reflects reality, but this is often hard to see. The

telephone directory approach often taken overwhelms its audience with


page after page of data without emphasizing the important information. Consequently,

although the budget contains the key f

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