[tabi] Fwd: City of Tallahassee News Release - Want to be 'Hands-on' in Developing the City's Budget?
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- Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2012 12:47:44 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: City of Tallahassee <City_of_Tallahassee@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2012 12:38:41 -0400 Subject: City of Tallahassee News Release - Want to be 'Hands-on' in Developing the City's Budget? Want to be 'Hands-on' in Developing the City's Budget? City Holds Community Budget Input Meetings; Online Survey Also Available April 12 - If you've ever wanted to be directly involved in the development of the City of Tallahassee's budget, here's your chance! The City will host a series of community budget input meetings this month, part of the initial phase of crafting the City's Fiscal Year 2013 budget. The three public meetings will allow citizens to interact with City officials, provide input on the variety of City services and programs and ask questions related to budget priorities. Going through a similar process a year ago provided direct results to participants. Based on feedback offered by citizens at the 2011 meetings, the City Commission agreed to maintain the already-low property tax rate, developed a specific initiative on small business retention and allocated $25,000 for community gardens. The meetings are open to the public and will take place as follows: Thursday, April 12 (5:30-7:30 pm) - Walker-Ford Community Center, 2301 Pasco St. Monday, April 16 (4-6 pm) - Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St. Wednesday, April 18 (5:30-7:30 pm) - Gilchrist Elementary School, 1301 Timberlane Rd. At each meeting, citizens will be able to provide input on two specific budget topics: first, they will be asked to vote on their highest and lowest priorities in a variety of areas. Second, citizens can provide feedback on services they would be willing to pay more for in order to receive and services they would be willing to do without if it could reduce expenses. "These meetings allow citizens to interact with City staff and thus participate directly in the early stages of developing the budget," said Raoul Lavin, director of Management and Administration. "The City Commission continues to give the highest priority to citizens being directly involved in their municipal government, and that certainly rings true as we work together on the Fiscal Year 2013 budget." Citizens who cannot attend the public meetings will be able to take part in an online budget survey via Talgov.com <http://www.talgov.com/index.html> . The online survey will be available April 12 and will allow participants to answer budget-related questions and determine areas of importance to them. One survey per person/computer will be accepted April 12-April 18. Information from the online surveys and the public meetings will be summarized and is expected to be presented to the City Commission as part of the 2013 budget process. The feedback from the survey and meetings will also be posted to Talgov.com as well as the City's Facebook and Twitter sites to share with the community. For more information on the budget input meetings or City's budget process in general, please visit Talgov.com <http://www.talgov.com/index.html> or contact the Office of Budget and Policy at 891-8149. Contact: Raoul Lavin, Management & Administration, 891-8149; or Michelle Bono, Assistant to the City Manager, 891-8200 or 559-1843 <https://www.talgov.com> Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.
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