Dear Alliance for Innovation Members,
For many of you, budget season is in full-swing and Balancing Act is offering you a “Back-to-Budget Special.”
Sign up by September 30, 2018 and get a free subscription to Taxpayer Receipt until April 15, 2019. (If you are a current Balancing Act customer, we’ll give you a subscription to our just-released Analytics module instead). Taxpayer Receipt is a simple way to demonstrate to residents that public money is being put to good use. Residents anonymously input a couple of pieces of information to generate a customized estimate of taxes paid. It’s a great way for high-performing, innovative local governments to get recognition for the high-value service they provide.
Join other innovative governments that use this tool including Denver, Charlotte, Chesterfield County, VA, Arvada, CO, Nashville and more.
Taxpayer Receipt ties in seamlessly with the Balancing Act simulation—once you have set up one, creating the other takes minutes.
Get started on your own by signing up for a trial account here. There’s an easy to follow tutorial here, or join others for a live web-based workshop or August 27, 3:00 EDT or September 18, 12:00 EDT.
The Balancing Act suite provides government the tools for meaningful financial transparency, accountability and participation.
"Locally, the taxpayer receipt is a viable information-sharing tool that can be used to educate and inform citizens about numerous aspects of government at the community level. Not simply an accounting of a taxpayer’s total tax burden, the taxpayer receipt breaks down the amount of tax paid by each taxpayer for various county services, thereby encouraging even greater citizen involvement in the budgeting process."
-Whitney Afonso, Public Management Bulletin, University of North Carolina School of Government, 2014.
“If you’ve ever thought, ‘Gosh, I pay a lot in taxes. I wonder how much of that goes to fund the County road by my house,’ this is the app for you,”
-Barbara Wasinger, County Commission Chair, Ellis County, KS