Christiansburg’s budget priorities
Trejbal is a Roanoke Times editorial writer. He is based in the New River Valley.
Christiansburg residents want a clean, healthy and safe place to live. Go figure. People like crime prevention, emergency services, transportation infrastructure, leisure activities and such.
That stunning insight came courtesy of a survey of town adults conducted a couple of months ago. It was not a scientific survey, but the town will use the responses from 1,152 adults to build its budget anyway.
The town has embraced “priority-based budgeting,” though after town council bungled last year’s budget so badly, most citizens would probably be happy simply with “competency-based budgeting.”