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Budget

A

ll agencies must justify their budget requests-and all successful budget
proposals base their numbers on data. The NRPA database offers a variety
of operating ratios that can supply budget justification criteria, as well as
calculate agency-specific costs.

Figures 10-15 provide a variety of useful budget-related data-operating expenditures (indexed by jurisdiction population in Figure 10 and portrayed according to magnitude and category in Figures 11 and 12),
most common revenue source percentages (Figure 13 ), capital budget (indexed by jurisdiction population
in Figure 14), and respondents' renovation vs. new capital needs amounts (Figure 15).
	

FIGURE 10

What are your department's total operating expenditures for your fiscal year?
Jurisdiction Population per Square Mile
All Respondents
Number of
Responses

Less Than 500

500 to 1,500

1,501 to 2,500

More than
2,500

156

34

25

34

39

Lower Quartile

$1,027,201

$390,051

$1,034,033

$2,335,266

$1,854,444

Median

$2,659,668

$1,136,424

$2,891,515

$4,667,446

$5,125,010

Upper Quartile

$6,157,247

$2,217,927

$4,755,357

$10,386,867

$17,114,754

FIGURE 11

FIGURE 12

Operating expenditures

Operating expenditures by category

More than
$10 million
17.9%

Less than
$500,000
14.1%

Personnel
Services
55.9%

Operations
36.5%

$500,000 to
$1.0 million
10.3%
$5 to
$10.00
million
12.8%

$1.0 to
$5.0 million
44.9%

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Other
1.4%

Capital
6.1%

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