What is a strategic plan as it
relates to the future goals and objectives of the organization? Why is it
important to have a strategic plan in place for a budgeting process?
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A strategic plan for a department
allows a mission and vision statement to be developed and goals set in order to
obtain those objectives. The strategic plan incorporates the goals and
develops actions that lead to the achievement of those goals. An organization
or leader without goals and objectives, a strategic plan, will have no
direction and become a “status quo manager” (Gaines & Worrall,
2012). A leader or manager of an organization must not be happy with the
status quo and ready to assume some risk in order to move the department
Once the strategic plan is in place
and goals are set, the budget can then be evaluated in order to begin moving
the organization in the direction of the established goals and plan. As a
city and department changes there will be contingencies that will need to be
incorporated. The strategic plan allows for change while knowing that
risks are involved, however, change is needed to evolve with societal changes.
A budget has limitations and costs of must be evaluated to ensure that the most
serious issues are being addressed. The lack of planning could cause
major changes or cuts to be made that will impact the direction and goals of
the department (Fry, 2010). A clear direction can prepare the
city administrators and citizens for the needed changes.
The expectations of the customers
must be met or exceeded to ensure future funding. The expected future
costs must be planned and expected including those costs for maintenance of the
program or technology. The initial costs are often the first observed and
can be argued and supported. The on-going costs (maintenance) are many
times un-expected and challenging to overcome. When considering the
program costs, a performance-based budget preparation method should be used to
justify the program and evaluate its effectiveness (Stuart).
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