|It’s budget engagement time again, and this year Austinites have many opportunities to provide their feedback. Guided by the Council-adopted Strategic Direction 2023, this year’s engagement seeks input on the return Austinites would like to see from their investment in local government.
This new outcome-based approach is the next step in aligning the City’s budgeting process with a specific set of strategic priorities laid out by the Council.
From the end of April through the middle of July, Austin residents can choose from a variety of options to provide input and feedback on the City budget. The City has planned several Budget Talks out in the community. It also has posted an online information and survey tool that will remain open through the duration of the engagement process. All of the engagement opportunities are designed to determine the priorities of Austin residents prior to the development of next year’s budget.
Each of the Budget Talk meetings in the community will be hosted by the Council Member representing that district, and will feature opportunities to speak with budget staff as well as Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk. A citywide event, hosted by Austin Mayor Steve Adler, will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the Austin Central Library.
“A city’s budget is a reflection of a city’s values, so it’s important for me that we engage as many different voices in the process as possible,” Cronk said. “Community participation is vital to ensuring that we develop a City budget that works for everyone.”
The Budget Talk tour will begin May 12 and continue through June:
Anyone can request interpretation services by calling 3-1-1 no later than 48 hours before the start time of the meeting you wish to attend. To request sign language interpretation, people can call 512-972-9848.
The City’s current budget is $3.9 billion and funds critical services for Austin residents, from public safety and mobility to parks and recreation and animal services. For more information about the City budget and the 2018 engagement process, visit AustinTexas.Gov/Budget.