Mayor Announces Public Meetings on 2014 Budget

Yesterday, the City issued a press release to announce the dates for the public meetings on the 2014 Budget. This is a yearly tradition where the Mayor holds public meetings prior to submitting his budget to the City Council. At this stage in the process, it is unclear how the public input is used by the Administration in preparing the budget because all of the departments have submitted their budget offers (which are not made available to the public) and the offers have already been ranked.

Here are some excepts from the City’s press release including the dates and locations of the meetings. Note all meetings start at 6pm. (Any emphasis in italics is added by me). From the press release:

The Budgeting for Outcomes process aims to produce a more citizen-driven budget and to ensure improved government performance and accountability. A national best practice, the Budgeting for Outcomes system encourages city agencies to invest public resources based on the end result the City wants to achieve.

The Mayor will host one meeting with the district councilmember in each council district. The Mayor and Councilmembers will be joined by Deputy Mayors, NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas, NOFD Superintendent Tim McConnell and department and agency heads.

All community meetings will start at 6:00 p.m. Prior to the meeting, from 5:30 -6:00 p.m., the City will host a Resource Center with representatives from several City departments and agencies. During that time, citizens will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with various departments about programs, initiatives and specific concerns.

The following lists community meetings in order of date:

District C
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
L.B. Landry High School
1200 L.B. Landry Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70114

District A
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Edward Hynes Charter School
990 Harrison Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70124

District E
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Joe W. Brown Recreational Center
5601 Read Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70127

District D
Monday, August 26, 2013
Lake Area New Tech Early College High School
6026 Paris Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70122

District B
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
KIPP Central City Academy
2514 Third Street
New Orleans, LA 70113″

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