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Surveys, simulations, and benchmarking for Government Leaders to

Lead a Successful Budget Process

Engage stakeholders in making the budgetary trade-offs required to advance your community’s goals.

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Making a budget that everyone agrees on is challenging and frustrating

Without the proper surveys, simulations, and data to help, you will:

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Fund the wrong projects

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Lose trust from residents who disagree on spending decisions

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Frustrate tax payers who don’t see the value

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Make poor decisions due to unproductive infighting

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Fail to align departments with spending goals

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Have difficulty working around budget constraints

These hurdles lead to settling on budgeting decisions that don’t align with the goal of you or your stakeholders. We don't want that for you. That’s why Polco helps hundreds of local governments overcome these budgeting challenges. We can help you, too. 

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Put residents in their decision-makers' shoes. Show community members what it takes to balance a budget. 

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Avoid bad budgeting decisions

Don’t let the vocal minority pressure you into poor choices. Use data to reveal funding priorities.

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Gain support from your residents and internal stakeholders

Use Polco’s data and simulations to prove your budgeting plan.

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Lead a successful budget process

Enact supported decisions to advance your community’s goals.

Let’s work together! Here’s how Polco works:

Conduct expert surveys and polls on the Polco community engagement platform

Engage stakeholders

Gather input and encourage stakeholder participation in making budgeting trade-offs.

Analyze community engagement survey results

Identify what’s important

Analyze unbiased data. Pinpoint the most important budget goals.

Implement community insights

Take action with confidence

Implement findings into plans and budgets.

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While we understand that in order to say yes to the right things you may need to say no to most things.  Your residents might not. We’re here to help.


8,640,000 hours of residents' time wrestling with budgeting trade-offs


Over 150,000+ balanced budgets submitted by residents


500+ communities use Polco to make supported budgeting decisions

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The comprehensive parks and rec platform that gives you everything you need.

Comprehensive public data about your city collected and analyzed by experts. See important community data all in one place. Measure data points over time.

  • Actionable data for strategic and comprehensive plans
  • Data to align city council and city managers on important issues
  • A go-to source for grant application data and evidence

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Gather community member input on any topic at any time with customizable or templated surveys, polls, live events, and simulations.

  • The simplest and fastest way to interact with verified community members
  • Build support by showing residents the real constraints government leaders face
  • Collect high quality data for strategic planning and budgeting

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Get data about your community, from your community. National benchmark comparison surveys that help you identify priorities and see where you stand next to the national average. 

  • The most representative community data available 
  • Align your goals with what matters most to residents
  • Use data for prioritizing, planning, and budgeting

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Engagement tools that build resident support for your local government budget

As a Strategic Government Finance Leader, it’s your responsibility to guide a budgeting process that acts in the best interest of your community. But while you understand the complexities of a city budget, including the tough tradeoffs that have to be made, your residents may not. This misunderstanding is not only frustrating, but also results in public contention when resident priorities are not met.

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Rethinking Budgeting Roadmap

Download your copy of "A Roadmap to Strengthen Trust and Align Your Community with Budgeting" today!

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