Key Points
  • Tax and Expenditure Limitations, like Jefferson County Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights, have been shown to stabilize budgets over time.

Restoring accountability to government spending is another way to mend local budgets over the long run. Every local government should have a budget transparency website, allowing citizens to more easily find out how their tax dollars are spent. More fundamentally, local government should budget for outcomes. This means identifying the core functions of local government and measuring results.



The highest responsibility of every local government is the annual budget. Finance committee members value fiscal responsibility and real accountability …