Understanding the City of Toronto budget is difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some resources that both provide info about the City of Toronto budget and some ideas of solutions for improving budget processes from other parts of the world.
City of Toronto
“Baffling Budgets: The Need for Clearer and More Comprehensive Financial Reporting by Canada’s Municipalities” – Benjamin Dachis and William B.P. Robson
“Building a Better Budget at City Hall” – John Lorinc
“Municipal Budgeting” – Almos Tassonyi
“Participatory Budgeting in Canadian Municipalities” (SSHRC proposal) – Leonora Angeles
“A Better Budget for a Better City: Ideas for a healthy budget process in Toronto” – Lisa Marie Williams, Wellesley Institute
“Getting Past Zero: Maintaining Services and Balancing Toronto’s 2013 Budget” – Sheila Block, Wellesley Institute
“Participatory Budgeting in North America: The Case of Guelph, Canada” – Elizabeth Pinnington et al.
“Local Government Financial Transparency: Scaling It Up” – Marc Joffe
“Following the Money 2012: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data” – US PIRG
Examples from Other Places