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Wisconsin Rapids uses 'activity-based' budgeting for 2014

New procedure involves cost-benefit analysis for each task, mayor says

7:53 PM, Oct. 20, 2013
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As officials start discussing the 2014 city budget, the way they approach the budget involves what amounts to a cost-benefit analysis for each task that city workers do throughout the year, Mayor Zach Vruwink said.

The first year of the effort will serve as a way to gather information about how much time each task takes and how many labor hours are being spent, Vruwink said. Eventually, city leaders will be able to use that data to start making smarter budget decisions, he said.

"This really was our first stab at it," Vruwink said. "We feel like we've made a completely different approach than what ...

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