Public Budget Talks to Begin Next Week

City's 2012-13 budget open for community discussion

Want to offer your two-cents on how the city of Cincinnati's 2012-13 budget should be structured? City leaders want to hear it, too. Beginning next week, there will be a series of open discussions in which citizens can voice their greatest concerns as they relate to the development of the city's newest budget plan.

There are three ways to voice your opinion about the direction of the next city budget:

In-person community meetings:

Monday, April 16, 6:30 p.m.                
Dunham Recreation Center
4356 Dunham Lane, Price HIll

Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 p.m.        
College Hill Recreation Center
5545 Belmont Ave., College Hill

Tuesday, April 17, 6 p.m.             
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Avondale Branch,
3566 Reading Road, Avondale

Electronic Bulletin Boards: 

Answer guided discussion questions here or here.


A sample of surveys will be distributed to residents to identify budget priorities, plus there will be a survey available online.

According to the city's press release, the community meetings are intended to function not as a "free-for-all" situation in which citizens take turns expressing opinions, but a civilized discussion to identify budget priorities facilitated by a third party. Once consultants assess public input and compare it to already-existing programs and initiatives, the feedback will be organized for presentation to Cincinnati City Council, which will make the ultimate decisions on 2012-13 budget priorities. Find current budget documents here.

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