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Posted on: October 12, 2017

City Launches Citizen Budget Tool

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Brooks – The City of Brooks will be once again embarking on a project to consult the community at large on operational budget spending and service levels. The Citizen Budget online tool simulates the municipal budgeting process. Council and staff are soliciting resident feedback prior to 2018 budget deliberations. Citizen Budget is an interactive platform that shows the financial impacts of participants' choices in real time, educating them about the trade-offs and constraints faced by their municipality. The activity also allows for greater transparency when it comes to the collection and allocation of property taxes.

“This is the second year we have used Citizen Budget for community engagement during budget deliberations. says Shelley Thomas, Manager of Finance. “Users will be able to communicate where they would choose to either spend more or less on specific categories like Recreation or Public Safety. We are hoping to engage more residents this year to get an accurate representation of where residents would like to see their dollars allocated”

After choosing whether to increase, decrease or maintain spending, participants will see what the impact of such decisions might be on service levels.  There are also opportunities to provide feedback in the form of comments.  At the end of the activity, participants will receive a summary of their suggestions and a comparison to what other participants suggested.   

“Have your say!” and participate online from October 15 - November 15 at www.brooksbudget.com.

For more information, please contact:

Shelley Thomas

Manager of Finance

403-362-3333

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