Mayor, Council President Launch New City Budget Site
Mayor John Peyton and Council President Richard Clark held a press conference today to outline the City of Jacksonville's plan to actively engage citizens in the budget process.
"Each year when we begin the conversation about our city's budget we find ourselves faced with the enormous task of ensuring all interested citizens are adequately informed about the process," said Peyton. "This year we are starting this discussion earlier and have put in place new tools for residents to become more educated and involved in the budget process as we move forward."
The plan includes the launch of a comprehensive budget Web site, which Peyton showcased during the news event. The site, found at MyJaxBudget.com, offers visitors information about the budget process, revenue and expenses. It also contains descriptions of internal and external services provided by city departments and divisions and includes information on their respective budgets for the current year.
The city also announced details regarding six upcoming community budget workshops that will be facilitated by Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI). At the budget workshops, attendees will be divided into groups relative to a specific city service. They will then have the opportunity to speak with a department representative in detail about the services offered and provide feedback. Data collected at each budget workshop will be compiled, and a report highlighting the results of the workshop will be posted on the Web site.
In addition, Council President Clark said the City Council will be holding traditional town hall meetings. The dates and times for these meetings will be announced in the coming weeks and posted on the new site.
"Part of what we learned in going through last year's budget cycle is that by having an open dialogue we were able to address many residents' questions and concerns more directly," said Council President Clark. "This year's workshops and town hall meetings will continue the conversation we started last year with a more focused and interactive approach."
Schedule of Community Budget Workshops
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 - 6-8 p.m.
District 2 Budget Workshop
Blue Cypress Community Center
4012 University Blvd. N.
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 - 9:30-11:30 a.m.
District 4 Budget Workshop
Cecil Community Center
13531 Lake Newman Drive
Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 9:30-11:30 a.m.
District 1 Budget Workshop
Jacksonville Children's Commission
1095 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.
Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 6-8 p.m.
District 5 Budget Workshop
Clanzel T. Brown Community Center
4545 Moncrief Road
Saturday, April 17, 2010 - 9:30-11:30 a.m.
District 3 Budget Workshop
Balis Community Center
1513 LaSalle Street
Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 6-8 p.m.
District 6 Budget Workshop
Dinsmore Community Center
7126 Civic Club Drive