MLD first library in country to use Balancing Act interactive budget tool MERIDIAN PRESS STAFF firstname.lastname@example.org Aug 5, 2015 (…) Screen grab Find the Meridian Library's interactive budget tool, which uses a program called A Balancing Act, at meridianlibrary-id.abalancingact.com/. The Meridian Library District (MLD) is making it easier for the public to weigh in on its proposed budget for 2015-16.The district is now using an interactive budget tool called Balancing Act. The program lets the public to view the proposed budget, add comments and “play” with the budget to see how taking funding from one area would affect other areas of the budget. Story continues below video × Advertisement The interactive tool with Meridian Library's proposed budget can be found here.Caserotti said she first read about the program in “Government Technology” and contacted the Engaged Public software developers to discuss how it might be used for a special district rather than exclusively municipalities. They worked with MLD to modify the software in order to meet the district’s needs.MLD is the first library district in the country to use Balancing Act, Engaged Public Policy and Program Manager Kevin Amirehsani said. Other clients have been municipalities and one state.MLD publishes its annual budget and accompanying independent annual audit on its website each year, in addition to holding a public hearing to receive citizen input on its budget/spending. Since Caserotti became director, the library also regularly publishes a budget narrative and annual report, also found on the library’s website. More from this section Meridian OKs joint fire agreement, Nampa shoots it down Posted: Feb. 24, 2017 Early voting starts Monday in Ada County Posted: Feb. 24, 2017 Guest opinion: Support gender inclusive facilities in schools Posted: Feb. 24, 2017 13-year-old guitarist finds his groove at local venues Posted: Feb. 23, 2017 Meridian Schools Clinic reaches 3rd anniversary Posted: Feb. 23, 2017 Comments Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Latest E-Edition Meridian Press Read the latest edition of the Meridian Press in our e-edition format, which combines the familiarity of the printed-paper format with the convenience of reading on your phone, tablet or desktop computer from anywhere. Issues prior to August 18, 2016 YouReport This is your chance to be the reporter. Tell us what's going on with you, your kids, and your community. Share your child's latest achievements, talk about that pothole that never gets fixed, or just speak your mind on what is happening in your community. Submit Your Articles Share the news that is important to you and your community. Post articles about local events, sports teams, community organizations, and more! Submit Your Photos Do you have a great local photo that you want to share with the world? Add it here!