The City of Kansas City, Missouri is taking a proactive approach on ways to involve more residents and businesses in the area when it comes to data and citizen engagement. Through the Citizen Workshops held on the 2016-2021 Submitted Citywide Business Plan, the Budget Office has unveiled their newest budgeting tool, Balancing Act, which allows residents to participate interactively online at the comfort of their own home and office.
Balancing Act is a web tool that promotes financial transparency by allowing local governments to put their budgets online in an interactive, educational format with responsive data visualizations. Through visually-appealing charts and multiple layers of explanatory detail, residents learn about the City of Kansas City’s various revenues sources and expenditures. Balancing Act also allow residents to construct their own local budget, subject to the same constraints that elected officials experience in balancing the annual budget, using real budget data. Currently, residents have the opportunity to individually balance the budget by using the balancing act web tool at our Citizen Work Sessions.
“Balancing Act provides a unique way for residents to help us make the hard choices that we have to make when it comes to our City’s resources by allowing them to choose what programs are critical or less important within the framework of our budgetary limitations,” said Mayor Pro Tem and Finance Committee Chair, Scott Wagner. “This web tool will provide us a means to understand their aspirational goals for our City because we are all in this together.”