[tabi] Fwd: City of Tallahassee News Release - Want to be 'Hands-on' in Developing the City's Budget?

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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

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