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Citizen BudgetSoftware

An open-source online budget simulator for governments

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Backseat BudgeterSoftware

<p>From the <a href="http://backseatbudgeter.com/aboutus.aspx">about page</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>About Backseat Budgeter</strong></p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>Backseat Budgeter® is a simulation tool that enables you to experience for yourself what it is like to manage a public budget. Elected officials ultimately are in charge, but with Backseat Budgeter you can see the effects of your decisions, gain a better understanding of the challenges officials face, and appreciate the complexities of the public budgeting process.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>Furthermore, the choices you make about the budget will be shared with public officials. You can let them know if you think they should step on the gas, put the brakes on spending or change direction altogether.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>Backseat Budgeter is a public service tool created by Engaged Public to help citizens understand the tradeoffs associated with spending our public dollars. It is offered as a community service by Engaged Public at cost to any public entity wishing to educate and engage its constituents.</p> </blockquote> <p>You can follow <a href="http://twitter.com/bkbudgeter">@bkbudgeter</a> on Twitter.</p

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Next 10 Budget ChallengeSoftware

<p>From the website:</p> <blockquote> <p>Next 10 created the nonpartisan California Budget Challenge in 2005 as a public service to educate and engage Californians on the trade-offs and tough choices involved in building the state’s General Fund budget of $105 billion. Over 50,000 Californians have taken the Challenge and groups are using it regularly across the state.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>The Challenge has been a great success for Next 10 and for all Californians, and we want to share it with others! Whether you are looking at the budget of a city, state, or school district, you can license the Budget Challenge and create your own version of this interactive tool.</p> </blockquote

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Balancing ActSoftware

<p>From the <a href="http://abalancingact.com/about">about page</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Balancing Act is a fun and easy way for residents to learn about public budgets and the choices their elected officials face in the budgeting process. It allows participants to try allocating funds— expressing their priorities and preferences — but also requires them to balance spending and revenue.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>Balancing Act was designed for those individuals interested in taking an active role in making their community better by sharing their voice.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>Budgets are, arguably, the most direct way a community expresses what is important. Should the focus be parks and recreation? Public health? Police? Helping the homeless? If the answer is yes to all—how are we going to pay for it?</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>Balancing Act brings people and government officials closer together in an informed conversation about what priorities are in everyone’s best interests. Because it is online it is accessible to anyone at anytime and is far more convenient than a traditional public meeting or budget hearing.</p> </blockquote> <p>Balancing Act is being developed by Denver, Colorado-based public policy strategy firm <a href="http://engagedpublic.com/">Engaged Public</a>.</p> <p>Balancing Act builds on its predecessor, <a href="http://www.participatedb.com/tools/178">Backseat Budgeter</a>.</p

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Budget AllocatorSoftware

<p>Budget Allocator is designed to allow the community to participate in difficult budget decisions at a meaningful level.</p> <p>The tool was developed by Bang the Table Pty Ltd in collaboration with clients in the Government sector. Early uptake has been from Local Government.</p> <p>The tool is configured through an easy <span class="caps">CMS</span> and allows the user to choose from a range of budget options.</p> <p>Each option can be commented on and has an information box for more details.</p> <p>When the user has set their budget they submit the results. If they are over budget they are told the consequences in terms of taxes, rates etc.</p

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Budget SimulatorSoftware

<p>Budget Simulator supports local and provincial governments to engage communities in deliberative budget discussions.</p> <p>Providing both educational and consultative features and employing game-like elements to increase engagement, Budget Simulator has been used by over 60 councils and provincial governments.</p> <p>Governments can configure the tool using a simple-to-use content management system, providing budgetary and background information as well as consequences for changes in revenue and expenditure.</p> <p>Budget Simulator may be configured so that community members are required to meet a spending target, balance a budget or to address a what if scenario.</p> <p>Governments can add demographic and consultation questions within the system to ensure they collect the right information before community members submit their budgets for decision making purposes.</p