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Zero-based Budgeting

Zero-based budgeting is basically abudgeting system where all expenses must be justified. You plan forit and then allocate for it each month and then at the endeverything should balance within itself. Every function is analyzedfor the needs and costs. You have to weigh say programs andactivities on one side and responsibilities, purpose, cost andoutcomes on the other side.

I like Zero-based budgeting, becauseyou have to plan in advance and then sometimes you have to work hardto get the best price you can for something. I think it makes peoplemore responsible and makes them care more. Especially in the schoolsystem, education should come first, but I know it does not. Manywant to spend the money on sports or extra-curricular activities. Sowhen you have to have the money in the budget before the school yearstarts that ensures the money can go where it is actually needed.

I am using Burlington School Districtand Vermont as a Zero-based budget system. Because of the negativeaffect of tax revenue and the lack of education funding the Boardcame up with Zero-based budgeting. With this system there is lesschance of spending money where you do not have money to spend. Theschool needs to watch and account for every penny the do end ofspending.

The strength in Zero-based budgetingis people tend to care more and will shop around for a better dealif one is out there before just settling for the first price given.There is efficient allocation of resources, cost effectiveimprovements, increase staff motivation and responsibilities. I alsothink it increases communication and coordination withindepartments. Most of the time the organization has goals setup andthen as the year passes each goal can be checked off with goodoutcomes.

The bad thing some may say, iscertain departments may not get on the budget or may not get enoughmoney on the budget that is truly needed. Yes, there is alwayswiggle room, but if you take from one account within the budget youhave to give to another and it goes the same in the other direction.


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