Workshop today on county budget challenge |

Workshop today on county budget challenge

Staff Reports

Douglas County is hosting a workshop 3:30-6:30 p.m. today at the Minden library branch for residents to participate in the “budget challenge.”

Participants are invited to invest a fictional $500 in county programs they value.

The budget challenge is part of the county’s implementation of priority-based budgeting for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

The fictional $500 is only a fraction of the county’s $120 million annual budget, but the exercise will give participants a sense of what it’s like to set and pay for priorities with a limited amount of money.

The county is holding the meeting at the library for people without computer access, or who prefer paper.

The library is at 1625 Library Lane.

The deadline for participation is 5 p.m. Dec. 3.

Results will be presented to commissioners at a public workshop at 1 p.m. Dec. 10.

Information, 782-9097 or 782-9098.


Go to, and select “Budget Challenge” on the left side of the screen. Complete the on-line registration. Registration information is secure and will not be shared with any outside party. The physical address will allow responses from geographic areas within the county to be viewed, but the county and public cannot see the names of individual participants.

Participants can choose from:

— Quick Version (estimated completion time 5 minutes), distribute your $500 among the six community results, or establish new priorities.

— Extended Version (estimated completion time 15 minutes), distribute your $500 to more detailed sub-results within each community result or establish new priorities.