To read this content please select one of the options below:

Citizen surveys: a component of the budgetary process

Wendy L. Hassett (Auburn University)
Douglas J. Watson (University of Texas at Dallas)

Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management

ISSN: 1096-3367

Article publication date: 1 March 2003



An annual citizen survey can be a valuable component of the municipal budgeting process for cities that elect to institutionalize the process as a way to translate citizen feedback into budgetary priorities. This article explores uses of citizen surveys in identifying latent needs of the community that may not be detected through public hearings or other citizen participation methods. The authors suggest that properly developed and conducted citizen surveys can provide decision-makers with research data that will lead to more responsive public spending and debt financing decisions. The article concludes with a case study of Auburn, Alabama, a city that has successfully used citizen surveys in its budgeting system for the past seventeen years.


Hassett, W.L. and Watson, D.J. (2003), "Citizen surveys: a component of the budgetary process", Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 525-541.



Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2003 by PrAcademics Press

Related articles