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2009 Media Releases


Date:
May 21, 2009
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831


"TAKING CHARGE" BUDGET DISCUSSION NOW AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING

The public budget discussion that took place Saturday May 16 is now airing on 5 CITY-TV and is available through video-on-demand through the City Web site, lincoln.ne.gov. A schedule for 5 CITY-TV (cable channel 5) also is available on the Web site.

The discussion was part of the "Taking Charge" project, that included an online budget survey. More than 2,200 people completed the survey, and results will be available in the next few weeks. The "Taking Charge" survey and discussion focused on programs and services that are in danger of being eliminated or reduced in the 2009-2010 budget. All those taking the survey were invited to sign up for the discussion, and about 110 residents participated.

At the May 16th event, participants were divided into 16 small groups for part of the discussion. 5 CITY-TV taped three large group presentations:

  • An overview of the City budget process.
  • City department directors responding to budget questions developed during a small group session. These questions will soon be posted on the City Web site with answers from City directors.
  • Brief reports from the 16 small groups on how they would handle specific budget issues.

The City worked with the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center (PPC) on the project, and funding was received from an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant to the PPC.

The Mayor is scheduled to release his 2009-2010 City budget to the public in June. The City Council votes on tentative changes to the Mayor's budget in July. The public hearing and Council adoption of the budget are scheduled for August.


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