The county government had performance measures in its budget; however, there was no clear relationship between spending levels and expected program performance. It was complicated due to its precedent alignment with the government regulations. In addition, the performance measures often failed to address program effectiveness and it was not apparent which outputs impacted success in achieving which outcomes. Also, managers did not get timely data showing how spending and program results were tracking during the year. Such problems made budget formulation an administrative challenge.
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