Thursday, June 13, 2013

Think you could budget the county better? Try it.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 2:24 PM

  • Tax Credits
Think of it as a sort of dare.

Instead of complaining about how politicians manage our tax money, see if you could do it better. People have actually had a chance to play with the state budget online for quite awhile by using the Backseat Budgeter ( tool, a creation of Denver-based public policy strategy firm Engaged Public. Now the same tool is available online for the El Paso County budget, thanks to a partnership with the Colorado Springs Business Journal.

No, you won’t be making any actual changes to the budget. The tool simply gives citizens a chance to tinker with the numbers and get a better idea of just how difficult setting financial priorities can be for state officials. It also helps citizens to be more informed, so that they can offer better input at public meetings.

“The El Paso County Backseat Budgeter is a user-friendly tool that allows county residents to test how they would manage the budget,” Brenda Morrison, partner at Engaged Public, stated in a press release. “The Backseat Budgeter also is designed to look and feel like an online game, which helps break down the complexities of the budget in a fun and interactive way.”

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