As November approaches, so does the City Council’s work on the 2013 Budget. Today (Monday, October 29), the Mayor released his proposed budget. Then City Council will review the budget, hold public hearings, and then will approve the City 2013 Budget on November 30. So now is the time to provide your input to City Council on your budget priorities.
City Council will hold its budget hearing between November 7 and 15 (here is the complete hearing schedule). These meeting will be held during the day and there are multiple department scheduled for a 4 hour block of time, so it is difficult to attend these meetings in person. The New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance (NOCOG) asked City Council to hold their meeting in the evening and make other changes that would make it easier to engage in this process. Council refused, so NOCOG is asking people to sign this petition to Council to change its process.
The New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance has put together some resources to make it easier to provide your input to City Council. Our partners at NPN has put together this guide on the City’s budget process. You can use this to learn more about the process. Here are the ways that you can provide your input to City Council:
- Attend the City Council meetings in person (here is the schedule again)
- Email your budget priorities to Council directly (go to this link for Councilmember’s emails)
- Fill out a comment card, and return it to me, and NOCOG will read your comments into the record at the appropriate budget hearing
How City Council decides to allocate the resources in the budget will help determine how many pot holes are filled, how many blighted properties are torn down or fixed up, how many police officers are on the street, and how many NORD programs are available to children. So it is important to provide you input to City Council. So please let City Council know your neighborhood’s budget priorities, and share this information with your friends, family, and neighbors. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Nick Kindel at (504)267-4665 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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