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Question

What is the difference between a Department, a Division and a Program in the City's budget?

Answer

Departments are the major organizational sub-divisions.  They have a broad overall purpose.  Divisions are the major operational areas of the City. Each division is assigned to one of the City’s departments according to the type of activity it performs.  Programs are operating units within the division.  Each program represents a specific type of activity within its division aimed at providing a service for which the City is responsible.  For example, one program in the Transportation Division is Street Maintenance which resides in the Transportation Services Department.  Based on staff’s assessment of costs and needs, the desires of citizens and the priorities of the City Council, the Transportation Division is budgeted a set amount of money to accomplish street maintenance.