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Webinar: Building a Priority-Based Budget

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
10 AM - 11 AM

Credits Available: 1.0 CPE, 1.0 CML – see below
Cost: $35



Registration closes Tuesday, February 27 at 11 am. Read about scholarship opportunities.

Webinar Overview

Recent history has forced many jurisdictions to react to the need to maintaining services when revenues are stagnant or shrinking. Some governmental entities have switched to using priority-based budgeting (PBB) in order to align revenues and expenditures more closely with community values. PBB offers a more flexible budgeting system that evaluates the ultimate goals of communities and focuses on funding objectives and activities that support these end results.

Educational Objectives

Using a case study of budgeting through the Great Recession, this webinar will provide an overview of how local government can implement a priority-based budget. Attendees will leave this webinar understanding how to set (and keep) budget priorities and how these can be applied to making hard budget choices.

Who Should Attend?

  • Local government directors, managers, administrators, budget analysts, finance directors, clerk treasurers, clerks, treasurers, and elected or appointed officials responsible for budget development or financial planning associated with revenue strategies.


  • Mike Bailey:  Mike is currently the Technology Services Director for the City of Redmond but prior to this he was the Finance Director for the city from 2008—2017. Mike is a former president of the Washington Finance Officers Association and served on the Government Finance Officer Association’s Executive Board. Mike frequently conducts workshops on local government financial management, budget, financial leadership, and the strategic planning processes.
  • Jay Covington: Jay has served as the City of Renton’s Chief Administrative Officer since 1990. For eight years prior to his tenure in Renton, Jay served in various positions with the City of Vancouver. He is a past board member and president of the WMCA and has been recognized by that group and ICMA for his work in intergovernmental cooperation and other efforts. He has served as a board member of the AWC, Suburban Cities Association, and for over 20 years, co-led the King County city managers and administrators group. 
  • This webinar session is being coordinated by MRSC Finance Consultant Toni Nelson and moderated by MRSC Public Policy and Management Consultant, Lynn Nordby.


  • 1.0 hours of CPE through the Washington State Board of Accountancy
  • City elected officials are eligible for 1.0 credit towards a Certificate of Municipal Leadership (CML) from AWC.