High performing organizations are relentlessly focused on providing outstanding customer service. All City services should be designed with the user at the forefront – policies, schedules, and regulations should be changed if the result will increase customer service without compromising organizational values. Divisions within government should work to provide services in a one-stop-shop, to avoid duplication and remove barriers to citizens. A high performing, innovative government will provide multiple platforms for citizen feedback of each service delivered and respond to feedback quickly.


To operate at maximum efficiency and effectiveness, the City must recruit and retain the best employees for each position. All City employees should have a clear understanding of job responsibilities, opportunities for growth, and organizational values. The City continues to encourage and provide incentives for employees to stay healthy to limit costs associated with medical care, and ensure a positive, motivated workforce.


To perform core services effectively, the City must be fiscally sound and responsible. Effective management of City resources is critical to maintaining a high level of service. Employees must understand the importance of resource management and have the proper training to maintain City equipment properly. The City should manage all assets responsibly in order to maximize efficiency and ensure long term fiscal health. Any dollar wasted is a dollar not spent towards achieving community priorities. Therefore, steps must be taken to eliminate any waste, fraud or abuse of government assets.


The City strives to make decisions driven by data that provide the most effective services to taxpayers. Each year the City takes steps to better collect, manage, and analyze data. Analyzing the results of what we’re doing allows for changes that can enhance services. This data should also be made freely available to the public in a user friendly, electronic format (not .pdf or printed copies) to ensure maximum transparency and accountability.

Desired Outcomes:

  • Increase health of City workers
  • Decrease number of sick days taken
  • Increase employees accessing professional development
  • Maintain City’s current bond rating
  • Increase citizen satisfaction with services

Overall budget proposals are encouraged to include:

  • Multi-agency and/or multi-department collaboration
  • Mechanisms for citizen involvement & feedback
  • Sustainable practices
  • Research/Evidence based best practices
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Addresses multiple priority area

Budget Strategies:

  • Provide access to services in more user friendly formats including online, over the phone, through SMS text, social media, and in person
  • Develop a resource guide for potential job advertisements to recruit a more diverse and qualified pool of candidates
  • Make city government data more transparent, accessible, and usable
  • Streamline existing software systems to minimize glitches and limit required maintenance
  • Promote employee health and wellbeing
  • Ensure long term fiscal health through multi-year planning
  • Reduce energy consumption from fleet, buildings, and wastewater utilities
  • Expose employees to strategies and ideas from the public and private sector to improve service delivery
  • Effectively manage all inventory and assets
  • Provide mechanisms for city employees to report waste, fraud and abuse. Thoroughly investigate all claims and provide appropriate steps to remedy the situation
  • Racial Equity training like the Government Alliance on Race and equity
  • Items for further discussion:
    • Human Resources strategies (employee mediation, communication with employee groups, hiring/firing, benefits, etc)
    • IT help desk
    • Legal Department
    • City court
    • Treasury
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