State Preparing for New Capital Budget System

Management and Budget will seek city input on the new process at upcoming meetings.
(Published Feb 24, 2014)

Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) is designing a new capital budget system that will impact local units of government submitting future requests to MMB for state bond funds.

In past years, local units of government have submitted their requests to MMB via email. In future years, local units of government will enter their requests directly into the new capital budget system. Since the new system will have an impact on how cities submit their requests, MMB would like to get city feedback throughout the development process.

MMB has specifically contacted those cities that submitted a bonding request for the 2014 legislative session, but the new system will apply to any local unit of government request in the future. MMB has scheduled three meetings to receive feedback from local units of government. The meetings will be held at the Centennial Building at 658 Cedar St. in St. Paul.

Dates, times, and purpose of each meeting are as follows:

  • Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    MMB staff will use this time to provide an overview of the process and scope for developing the new capital budget system. In addition, MMB staff would like to gather local government feedback on the current system and how local officials would like the new system to function.
  • April 11, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    MMB staff will use this meeting to review the system requirements and to get local government feedback on the system design.
  • Mid-December 2014
    MMB staff will use this time to test the system before making final modifications prior to launching the system for the 2016 capital budget cycle.

If you have been directly contacted by MMB for participation and you would like to volunteer, please contact Koryn Zewers (see contact information at right). You should also contact Zewers if you would like to provide input, but cannot attend a meeting. The department is seeking input from local units of government—cities and counties—in both the metro area and Greater Minnesota.

If there is a great deal of interest in participating in this effort, the department may need to limit participation in the meetings themselves, but would work to get feedback from interested individuals in other ways.

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