Review the City of Kelsey under the Government tab of the Virtual Organization site. Access the public records of Kelsey in the City Government section to familiarize yourself with the city’s budget and financial report.
You work as a budget director for the mayor of Kelsey, and recently you have received several complaints from citizens about the need to expand streets and highways. The population of Kelsey has grown, creating more traffic and more car accidents.
The mayor has communicated to you that this past year has seen the highest number of traffic accidents in the city. The federal government has reduced the federal pass-through money for the state, and the budgeting group must restructure the budget for the coming year. In addition to the limited budget, there has been a recent budgetary reform at the federal level, which has put additional pressure on the state Department of Transportation (DOT) to use the federal money before it expires. The state transportation committees are lobbying the state for an additional 15-cent gas tax for a temporary 3-year period in order to make up this deficit. However, the state legislature is wary of introducing any new taxes to the citizens. In addition, the state’s Sierra Club chapter, an important environmental advocate, is putting pressure on the legislature to reduce funding for freeways. They are also lobbying the legislature to enhance mass transit options.
The mayor has indicated that the likelihood of getting any increase in tax money from the state is remote. The mayor has called a meeting with your budget staff to address the following issues and to devise a solution that is politically feasible. In that meeting, the mayor reminds the staff that if he or she is not reelected, their jobs will be replaced by the new incumbent.
Create a report, as the budget officer, of no more than 1,400 words that details the following:
- How the changes affect the fiscal cycle of your budgeting
- How the preparation, execution, and evaluation of the budgeting cycle would change
- Your budgeting approach based on the changes and the reasons
- Differences between the chosen budgeting approach and those not used
- A plan to address the traffic issue
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.