The most direct means of addressing elected officials concerning the budget is by participating in a public budget hearing. These public hearings are held in the evening at two different locations. Notice of a Budget public hearing appears in the newspaper about one month before the hearing. If you wish to speak, you may sign up at the public hearing site that evening of the hearing. You will be asked to furnish your name, address, and the subject matter you wish to address.
All speakers who sign up will be heard, generally in the order in which they registered. Speakers are requested to limit their remarks to three minutes. It will help the effectiveness of your presentation if you have your comments well organized or, better still, in written form.
Written comments, whether or not you personally attend a hearing, are always accepted before or after a hearing by mailing or delivering your comments to the City Clerk’s office. Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number, date, and the subject matter or hearing to which your comments pertain.
Those residents who prefer to voice their views in a less formal forum than public hearings may wish to do so through involvement in organizations such as their PTA or civic associations, as these groups frequently maintain a continuing interest in the budget and often delegate representatives to speak at public hearings. A listing of City Council appointed Boards, Commissions, and Committees can be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office.
These groups provide advisory and administrative support to the City Council through their varied statutory functions. It is through these groups that a variety of citizen’s concerns are heard, acted upon, or recommended to the City Council for action. If you have any questions, please email the Department of Budget and Evaluation.