The budget is one of the City Council's strongest policy-making tools. Spending guidelines and directives are a reflection of setting general policy. Setting policy through the budget is a continuous, year-long process. It involves setting goals and establishing priorities. Public participation is critical to the budget process, as well as being required by State law because of the many policy decisions involved.
Once a budget is adopted, Council Members monitor program progress through periodic reports from the administration and from the community. If programs are not effectively implementing policy decisions, revisions can be made.