Budget Bylines: A Different Way to Report on the City’s Budget
The City of Kirkland is starting a news-style “Report Out” intended to inform the public as City leaders progress through the biennial budget process. “Budget Bylines,” will focus primarily on the potential effect City Council decisions will have on the City’s services. And it will aim to be timely, comprehensive and readable. The purpose of the new communication tool is to make the Budget more accessible to more people.
In the fall of 2011, the City of Kirkland used a pair of focus groups to study how citizens interact with their budget and what barriers prevented greater participation. Members of both focus groups said Kirkland needs to make the budget more accessible to citizens by bringing it to them in a more user-friendly way. “Budget Bylines” is an attempt to accomplish this.
To receive the report via email, subscribe to the Budget list serv.
This is not the only way to interact with the budget process. Citizens can influence the process by participating in public hearings and emailing questions and concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can view the preliminary budget and receive budget updates from our Budget list serv. And you can watch City Council meetings online (live or rebroadcast) or on the City’s cable TV channel, KGOV (Comcast Channel 21; Frontier Channel 31).