The City of Duluth just completed a strategic conference where the ten (10) year operating budget forecast was reviewed in preparation for the FY2017 budget process. City Officials believe communication with and guidance from the citizens of Duluth is instrumental in having a healthy community. Part of this guidance has come from the Citizen’s Budget Review Advisory Committee. Previous Citizen’s Budget Review Advisory Committees reflected a great cross section of the citizenry and provided helpful feedback and recommendations on ways the City can be more efficient and effective in its daily operations. It is important to the City that citizens have confidence in our financial health and practices and be provided full access to all financial data. The City is set to begin its 5th collaboration with the Citizen’s Budget Review Advisory Committee on March 8, 2017, for the FY2018 budget.
The first (March 8th) meeting establishes an overview of the City’s budget process and what the Budget Committee’s role will be in the process. All Budget Committee participants will be given the City’s current operating budget (FY2017) and ten (10) year forecast presentation. They are asked to study the material and be ready to discuss them at the next meeting.
The second (March 15th) meeting involves a review of draft figures for the preliminary FY2018 budget, debt service commitments, City initiatives, as well as information relating to Capital Reserve funds.
The third (March 22th) meeting provides time for questions and clarification of any items presented thus far.
The fourth (March 29th) meeting is geared toward recommendations from the Citizen’s committee, addressing any concerns with the budget and finally discussion of visionary opportunities for the City.
Officials and staff look forward to working with the citizens again this year. For additional information or if you would like to be a part of this committee please contact, Kim Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-497-5321.