Speak Out at Community Budget Input Meetings

26 Jun

Arts and culture funding under discussion at Community Budget Input Meetings

Photo: Kristin Giordano

Tacoma residents are invited to participate in the creation of the 2013-2014 Biennial Budget through a series of Community Budget Input Meetings in late June and July in the five City Council Districts across the city. The purpose of the Community Budget Input Meetings is to help residents understand the City’s budget development process and provide an opportunity to speak with City officials about current and future budget allocations and priorities. Current projections for the City’s General Fund in the 2013-2014 biennium anticipate a budget gap between $60 and $65 million.

While arts and culture are certainly not the only thing being considered in these meetings, the City’s funding of arts and culture is under discussion and, based on a recent rating by Council, “there is willingness to reduce resource levels” for “funding for arts and cultural programs”. Input collected from residents at these meetings will be used by City staff to help determine how General Fund dollars will be spent on such services as those provided by police, fire, libraries, street maintenance,  social services and support for the arts and cultural programs.

This is the first time that the City of Tacoma has implemented a mechanism for focused community input re: the City’s budget. Consider attending, learning more, and making your voices heard! You will be asked to rank services in addition to learning more and sharing your perspectives. We encourage you to attend, if possible, and join in the conversation.

Meeting schedule:
June 27 – 5:30 p.m. at the Wheelock Library, 3722 N. 26th St.
June 28 – 6 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 6730 N. 17th St.
July 9 – 6 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 3875 S. 66th St., Community Room
July 11 – 6 p.m. at the Moore Library, 215 S. 56th St.
July 12 – 6 p.m. at the Center at Norpoint, 4818 Nassau Ave.
July 16 – 6 p.m. at the Snake Lake Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St.
July 18 – 6 p.m. at Stadium High School, 111 N. E St.
July 19 – 6 p.m. at Lincoln High School, 701 S. 37th St.
July 23 – 6 p.m. at Baker Middle School, 8320 S. I St.

 

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