Budget

Budgeting 101 Video Series

A financial video series has been produced to help citizens learn more about the budget process and understand details about revenues and expenses that make up the Operating and Capital Improvement Program Budgets. Topic include

  • Budget Process 101
  • Revenue Sources
  • Operating Budget Overview 
  • Capital Improvements Program Budget Overview

The videos provide simple graphic illustrations to help bring clarity to what can sometimes be confusing financial topics. We hope you find them informative. 

Balancing Act Budget Simulation Tool

You can try your hand at balancing Worthington's budget with the City's online budget simulation tool, Balancing Act. Learn how the budget process works by making choices about how City dollars are spent. Through the simulation, you can see how those choices impact your ability to balance expenses with revenues. There are two simulations you can explore, for the Operating Budget and the Capital Improvements Program (CIP). The annual Operating Budget contains spending on programs and services, as well as employee compensation and benefits. The CIP is the City’s plan for equipment, infrastructure maintenance and improvements. We invite you to try each and submit your results and suggestions to the Worthington Finance Department.

Select which Budget Simulation you would like to try:

general fund simulation graphic
capital improvements simulation graphic

Find Answers to Frequently Asked Questions 

  1. What is Balancing Act?
  2. Why have you added this budget simulation tool?
  3. I’ve submitted recommendations through the tool, what happens next?
  4. I’d like to learn more about the city’s finances and budget process, where can I find more information?
  5. I don’t want to use the tool, how can I still provide feedback?

The Balancing Act budget simulation tool allows you to adjust budgets for various city departments to align resources with the services that matter most to you.  The key is that you have to balance the city’s revenues and expenses – in the same way the city has to balance the budget each year before budget adoption.