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The Academy for New York State's Local Officials

Capital Planning and Budgeting: A Tutorial for Local Government Officials

Module 1 - The Capital Improvement Plan

Criteria List

We have listed some criteria that may be applicable to some capital projects. Capital project criteria are not limited to those listed here, and not all of these are applicable to every capital project:

  • Health and safety impacts
  • Legal mandates
  • Operating budget and fiscal impact
  • Economic development impact
  • Operational impact (links to other projects or benefits multiple departments)
  • Feasibility
  • Urgency
  • Savings or revenue-generating potential
  • Environmental, aesthetic or social value
  • Customer needs (addresses needs or demands for improved service, timeliness or cost savings)
  • Regional impact
  • Contributes directly to achieving strategic goals
  • Relationship to policies and plans
  • Time frames – matching funding and operational capabilities
  • Risks are acceptable or manageable
  • Maintenance costs and impact of deferred maintenance
  • Life cycle
  • Technology changes
  • Resiliency needs

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