Multiyear Financial Planning
Step 6: Use the plan to generate discussion. A good plan can stimulate constructive discussions about budgetary priorities. Although there may be initial confusion about the plan's connection to the annual budget and why it may show out-year budget gaps (most do), good multiyear plans can help voters understand the issues facing their communities in the coming years. A number of local government officials in the State use informal, internal plans to give elected decision-makers information about the potential effects of proposed policy changes. Others make the multiyear plan part of their public budget discussions, to generate discussion about priorities with citizens.