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Capital Planning and Budgeting: A Tutorial for Local Government Officials

Module 1 - The Capital Improvement Plan

Factors to Consider

Today, more than ever, local governments are faced with trying to provide quality services to their communities with limited resources. That is why it is so important to factor in community goals, needs, and financial capability. In doing so, planners can then assess community needs, priorities, challenges and opportunities to more effectively plan, procure and use capital assets to achieve the maximum return on investment.

Planners should also consider other factors that affect the community, including:

  • The economy
  • Population composition
  • Technology, legal or regulatory issues
  • Intergovernmental issues
  • Physical and environmental issues
  • Resiliency issues (proactive planning to better deal with disasters).

  Next: Setting Goals