January 15, 2013
Kamloops, B.C. - After the successful launch of interactive roundtable budget meetings last year, City Council is looking to further enhance engagement with its citizens during budget discussions with the addition of social media.
Each year the City hosts public meetings regarding the City budget to give citizens an overview and hear their concerns. Last year, the City introduced roundtable discussions where residents could talk to a Councillor, one-on-one or as part of a community group. New this year is the addition of live-streaming video, live chat and Twitter discussion, viewable at www.kamloops.ca/2013budget or with the hashtag #kamloopsbudget.
Each budget meeting will also be taped and the video posted to the City's website.
Your participation will influence the process. Mayor, Council and City managers will develop a broader understanding of community interests, concerns, and ideas. These factors are considered and weighed before final deliberation of the budget.
"With the addition of social media and live streaming video into our budget meetings, we hope to reach citizens that may not otherwise participate. We're looking to engage the public and gather some feedback via other channels," said Mayor Peter Milobar.
Each meeting will spotlight the budget of a specific City department. All meetings are public and take place from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Parkside Lounge at Interior Savings Centre.
These public meetings will be summed up with final deliberations taking place on April 9th at 1:00 pm in Council Chambers. This meeting will determine the final tax rate for 2013.
So let's talk. By sharing your priorities and participating in the City's budget process, you can help create a strong future for our city.
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Mayor Peter Milobar
City of Kamloops