Step Six—CIP Forms
In order to analyze the cost and priority of each capital improvement project request submitted, a form should be developed itemizing the major factors to be considered. Sample CIP Request Form; the top portion or front of the form provides detailed cost and description and the bottom or back of the form provides a means to evaluate and set a priority for each project.
Step Seven—Public Involvement
The degree and amount of public involvement will depend on local conditions; however, if the project will result in a major tax increase, it is recommended that the public be involved from the beginning of the planning and evaluation. It seems that the more knowledge a person has of the problem, the more likely he or she will respond positively to a solution. The public’s involvement can be achieved by issuing a Public Survey.
Step Eight—Needs Analysis—Capital Investment Records
How can you make an intelligent decision unless the facts are available relative to quantity, quality, and age of facilities and equipment? Few local governments have historically maintained adequate records of capital improvements, and of these only several have all the facts readily available for use in planning the replacement of buildings and equipment. This section of your plan should show how a records and information systems could be maintained. The threshold dollar amount may vary from government to government depending on the policies they have established.
Step Nine—Consolidated Capital Improvement Project Schedule
A schedule for consolidating all capital improvement requests for the year showing the estimated cost and possible funding sources is suggested. This schedule could be used as the master listing of all projects for evaluation by the CIP Committee and legislative body. A schedule for presenting all projects closed out during the last fiscal year and all current projects is also suggested.
Step Ten—Prioritizing Projects
No perfect system has been developed for evaluating and prioritizing capital improvement projects; however the county legislative body should develop a system of prioritization which would include issues related to safety, legal, education, value of life, and conveniences.