City catches up to the 1960s

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Auburn officials acted as if (Director of Public Works) Bernie Schroeder had discovered the Lost City of Atlantis when presenting a modest example of performance-based budgeting at a recent (Auburn City) council meeting (“New budget process more ‘transparent,’” Journal, Aug. 28.)
Fact is, PBB and similar approaches to rational planning and fiscal decision-making have been commonplace in American state and local government since the 1960s.
Rather than express concern over the staff burden performance-based budgeting might impose, as did Councilman (Dr. Bill) Kirby, Auburn officialdom ought to be asking how in the world the city has gotten by with its primitive governance techniques for the last half-century. Savvy citizens might want to do the same.
David Wiltsee, Applegate