From the Vancouver.ca website:
Do you want to have a say on next year's operating budget? More than 60% of the City’s operating budget is funded by property taxes, which help the City provide the important services that are part of our everyday lives — our well-maintained streets, green parks, libraries, community centres, and police and fire departments. You can help Council make its important decisions about the budget by being part of the consultation process coming up in the fall of 2010.
In the coming weeks, open houses and information displays are planned throughout the city. The public can learn about how the City budget is spent, current priorities and how the City’s operating budget affects everyday programs and services that citizens value. Participants will have the chance to provide their input on how council prioritizes city spending and discuss the importance of library hours, community centre and park operations, police and fire services, street work, garbage collection schedules and other such priorities.
Key dates include:
- October 18: Budget displays mounted at Vancouver Public Library’s central branch and City Hall; budget information booklets distributed to community centres and library branches throughout the city, and posted on the City’s web site
- October 19: Preliminary budget report goes to City Council
- October 20: Start of online and phone surveys on budget priorities
- October 27: Presentation on budget to Vancouver’s multicultural communities
- October 28: Open house at City Hall
- October 28 to November 20: Series of community stakeholder discussions
- End of November : Report back on public input for the budget
- Mid-December: Final decision by Council on the budget
Join the mailing list for information and updates on meetings, send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org