This is nothing new. Instead of the typical one year budget cycle, I suggest a two year cycle. This would cut down on budget hearings and better stabilize longer-term planning and contracts.
For the implementation period, we would simply take the first year's budget and multiply that by the projected inflation rate for the second year and combine the total for our 2 year budget. For emergencies, there is the supplemental budget. Alternately, we could alternate "Mandatory" and "Discretionary" budgets.
I realize this may be too political for the Save-Award but as a veteran of these suggestion campaigns, I know that never stopped anyone else before.