We recognize that local government officials share our goals for smart government where efficiency and effectiveness are the hallmarks of local services. We envision a budgeting process that employs the following principles and practices:
Explicit consideration of taxpayer interests
Regular evaluation of better/faster/cheaper approaches to doing business
Avoids mission creep
- Ensures long-term sustainability
For illustrations of how these principles can be implemented, see our Local Government Policy Agenda.
We actively encourage local governments to collaborate with each other in the provision of services and/or functions. Collaboration can result in lower unit costs and better service. Central Iowa taxing entities are already working together across jurisdictions and in a wide range of services.