Priority Based Budgeting

The City of Flagstaff uses Priority Based Budgeting (PBB) to guide the creation of its budget each year. PBB allows the City to answer three key questions;

1. What do we do? To answer this, the City creates a list of all of the programs or services that it offers. Examples might include airfield maintenance or wildfire management. 

2. What does it cost? To answer this, the City allocates all of this personnel costs, non personnel costs and revenues collected to each program that it offers.

3. Do the programs offered align with the priorities of the Community? To answer this, the City Council and Flagstaff residents determine the community's Key Community Priorities and Objectives for the coming fiscal year. Programs and services offered by the City that best match those objectives are then prioritized within the City's budget. 

To learn more about PBB and how you can participate, please view the videos below. If you have any questions, please email


PBB Videos in English

PBB Videos in Spanish