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    $3k in "Extra" Department Funds

    So let's say you have $3k in funds that have not been tapped for any projects or budget items. What would you do in your department with them? Extra software? More mapping racks? A great new printer? Increased server size? Anything specific?
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    Hookers and blow?

    But seriously, a quality color printer would be nice. Either that or some new chairs for everybody.
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    Conference. ROAD TRIP!
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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    Conference. ROAD TRIP!
    agree with this one

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    Conference. ROAD TRIP!
    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post
    agree with this one
    Third in agreement.
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    Yeah. fourthed.

    Alternatively if that and rygors suggestion don't work out, file cabinets. Thats what I need. Lots of file cabinets.
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    professional development
    staff morale purchases
    new office chairs

    Odd that I would say office chairs, but I have yet to work in a planning office with ergonomically correct workstations. Also, getting stuff like that does help morale, and I don't know of many places that haven't suffered morale issues from layoffs, budget cuts, furlows, etc.

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    I have to agree with Suburb Repairman about the chairs. I just dropped a little cash on decent pens for myself at work because I cannot stand the cheap Bics that I am provided at work. I am considering buying myself a nice office chair too. If your coworkers spend 8 to 9 hours per day in a chair that isn't comfy, they will probably greatly appreciate taking them chair shopping. Let everyone pick out their own. That would rock in my little world.

    Sure it is geeky, but everyone's back and neck will appreciate it!

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    Might I humbly suggest hiring the services of a consultant....
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    The "powers that be" would laugh at me and just put it in the fund balance to spend on nothing. Yeah, tax people and then don't spend their money.
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    I would initially say don't spend it, especially on anything frivolous. This is the tax payers' money not some lotto winnings.

    Congrats on saving $3K this year, however I would stress "planning", since we are planners, on what your needs will be next year, or the year after, and cover those; whether it be new monitors, supplies, chairs, filling cabinets, etc. Then you can ask for less money in 2011/2012 budget thereby looking like a champ to the city/county execs.

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    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner View post
    Alternatively if that and rygors suggestion don't work out, file cabinets. Thats what I need. Lots of file cabinets.
    Filing cabinets? Whatever happened to the paperless office? Force developers to submit 11"x17" drawings instead of 24"x36", and you've got your space.

    I do like the idea of improved office furnishings. Many planning offices are rife with unmatched chairs in the conference room, the one chair that always sinks and/or makes fart-like sounds when you sit in it, and so on.
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    I concur with conference roadtrip, but in reality what would happen here is the CM would take it back and pay off some debt with it. There is no such thing as surplus in our budgets (even in the good years).
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    Quote Originally posted by Planit View post
    I concur with conference roadtrip, but in reality what would happen here is the CM would take it back and pay off some debt with it. There is no such thing as surplus in our budgets (even in the good years).
    Yes, and because you had $3K leftover at the end of the year, your budget for the next year would be $3K less (not including other cuts), since you've demonstrated that you don't need all your requested funding.

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    Quote Originally posted by TexanOkie View post
    Yes, and because you had $3K leftover at the end of the year, your budget for the next year would be $3K less (not including other cuts), since you've demonstrated that you don't need all your requested funding.
    True that!
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    Quote Originally posted by TexanOkie View post
    Yes, and because you had $3K leftover at the end of the year, your budget for the next year would be $3K less (not including other cuts), since you've demonstrated that you don't need all your requested funding.
    And such is the large problem with 99% of local governments in this country, their budgeting process is antiquated and promotes waste.

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    Quote Originally posted by Tide View post
    And such is the large problem with 99% of local governments in this country, their budgeting process is antiquated and promotes waste.
    How would you fix this? The problem is that it doesnt really matter what people are paying in taxes, its always "too much".
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    Quote Originally posted by Rygor View post
    Hookers and blow?.
    One of the reasons I love the 'burb, this is considered a serious option. The office furnature is a good idea. Another is replacing/upgrading the oldest computers.

    As for the budgeting discussion that has been an undercurrent here. Yes, there is the use it or lose it part of every budget. It's the nature of the beast. There are other types of budgets, performance based, project based, zero line, etc. However, most places use the traditional method of use it or lose it. My budgeting and finance prof would be happy to see I actually stayed awake in his class.
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