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Posted on: December 13, 2023

City of Lynchburg Launches Budget Engagement Tools Ahead of FY 2025 Budget Development

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The City of Lynchburg has launched a new, interactive way to provide input on the City’s budgeting priorities ahead of the development of the FY 2025 City budget.

Every year, City staff work to develop a balanced budget and community input is vital to this important, annual process. This year, the City of Lynchburg has developed the Budget Bracket Challenge, a new tool to engage the public to inform the City’s budget priorities.

Have you ever completed a basketball bracket during March Madness? Then you already know how to play! For each random pairing, choose the program in which you would prefer to add funding if it is available. The selected program moves automatically to the next round.

Participants will see their choices, along with a collective “scoreboard” of results from all players. City staff will gain insight by reviewing the programs that come out on top and results will be shared with City Council and the public. All bracket submissions are anonymous.

Learn more about the City’s budget process and play the challenge game at

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