Mayor Chris Beutler today invited Lincoln residents to participate in the next Taking Charge discussion on the City budget Saturday May 15. Those who took last winter's survey either by phone or online will be invited to attend the all-day program at the County-City Building. And, for the first time, all residents will be able to participate in an online discussion on the City's Facebook page. The Mayor said the City is in the initial stages of preparing the City budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, which begins September 1.
"For the past two budgets, we have asked for the participation of Lincoln citizens to help us as we prioritize services and make decisions," Beutler said. "Citizens across the community gave us their thoughts on how we should pay for the services that matter to them. It has given us important insights, made for a more inclusive budget process and most importantly, helped build the consensus we need to make progress."
The City is again partnering with the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, which also helped with the PRIORITY LINCOLN project and earlier "Taking Charge" efforts.
The Mayor asked all those who took the recent survey to watch for an e-mail invitation to the May 15 discussion. Those interested in attending are urged to respond quickly because space is limited. About 80 people are expected to gather at the event to learn about the City budget and address several specific budget questions.
To participate in the online discussion, residents can go to the Taking Charge 2010 Facebook event page.
In addition to the on-site meeting and the online Facebook discussion, portions of the May 15 event will be carried live on 5 CITY-TV, the government access cable channel, and streamed live on the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov (click on the 5 CITY-TV logo).