Boulder's City government implements over 300 "community" and "governance" programs spread across 21 departments. Community programs provide direct service to residents and businesses, while governance programs provide support services to other city departments.
More than 50% of the operating budget goes to 5 departments: police, open space and mountain parks, parks & recreation, utilities and city governance/administration (city council, attorney’s office, clerk, communications, city manager, finance, HR, IT).
Note that “governance” includes city debt payments and operating reserves. The city has been building towards a 20% operating reserve for the last ten years.
Why should Boulder’s budget be a campaign issue?
We’re Boulder. We want to do it all - and it ALL adds up to a lot of $$$.
Over the years, our community has developed many wonderful programs and services that we depend on our city government to deliver. In addition to basic services, the “quality of life” programs we have created are what make Boulder desirable. We are also a community with a collective conscience: we want to be pro-active in solving “wicked problems” locally and globally.