Priority Based Budgeting

Starting in the spring of 2014, the City of Bainbridge Island partnered with the Center for Priority Based Budgeting (CPBB) to translate our budget into prioritized programs. The City's CPBB information is updated to reflect the City's 2018 Budget (Note: The page may take a moment to load).


Priority Based Budgeting (PBB) provides a way to compare community values with the programs and services a government entity provides. PBB helps the City of Bainbridge Island and community:

  • Identify key Council and community goals;
  • Evaluate the impacts of these goals on city programs and services; and
  • Engage in strategic decision-making regarding funding for services and/or changes to service levels for current programs and services.

PBB helps the community and City employees understand the City’s use of its limited resources. This method of budgeting contributes to the City’s long-term financial sustainability by encouraging explicit choices. These choices help the City develop a strategic budget that reflects our community values and ensures a high level of City service to residents.

Community & Governance Results

As a result of Council discussions, staff input, and consultant review, six strategic priorities were identified for the City of Bainbridge Island and serve as the basis for the City's PBB. The resulting critical areas where the City will focus its efforts are:

  • Safe City
  • Green, Well-Planned Community
  • Reliable Infrastructure and Connected Mobility
  • Healthy and Attractive Community
  • Vibrant Economy
  • Good Governance

The Results Maps (PDF) show the ways the City is working to achieve each resulting PBB critical area.

Summary Report

The PBB Summary Report (PDF) presents the City's overall PBB resource alignment and community costs for each resulting critical area. The report also outlines department budgets using tables to sort and group each department's programs to detail the degree to which the programs align overall with resulting PBB critical areas.