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Fluctuations in departmental budgets is always a hot topic for in-house facility cleaning executives. The goal of this section of the 2019 Facility Cleaning Decisions Management Survey is to outline trends in facility budgets, as well as spending expectations for the next 12 months.

To do this, we asked custodial executives in K-12 schools, colleges/universities, as well as healthcare, commercial, hospitality and government facilities about their budget challenges and how finances affected their departments.

Questions include:
Which best describes your operations budget?
Were you protected from budget cuts in the last 12 months?
If you experienced budget cuts in the past 12 months, what adjustments have you made to accommodate those cuts?
Were do you spend most of your budget dollars?
Do you travel to industry conferences?
Do you send staff to industry conferences?
How many industry conferences do you or someone from your department attend each year?
Why is it important to attend industry events?
With respect to your department, do you expect the following to increase, decrease or stay the same in 2018?

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