Budget e-Town Hall Event Kicks Off June 19

The City Manager will present the proposed 2013 General Fund Budget and 2013-2017 Capital Improvement Plan on June 19. The Council presentation and proposed budget documents will be posted on the Budget Planning website after the meeting.

Immediately following the presentation, citizens will have an opportunity to participate in the 2013 budget process as part of the second Budget e-Town Hall event.  The event utilizes various forms of electronic communications and social media outreach including web-streamed video, a web forum, Facebook, Twitter (#OlatheBudget) and live television broadcast.  Believed to be the first effort of its kind in the Midwest, the e-Town Hall provides Olathe residents a convenient way to share thoughts, ask questions or learn about how their tax dollars are spent.  The City Council will respond to questions live during the e-Town Hall broadcast/webcast on the Olathe Government Network (Comcast Channel 7 and AT&T Channel 99) on Tuesday, July 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Transparency continues to be an Olathe City Council priority, and the e-Town Hall format provides one more window into the City’s budget process.

In addition to the e-Town Hall, budget workshops are slated for July 10 and July 24 and a public hearing is scheduled for August 7.  Citizens are always encouraged to share thoughts or ideas with the City, their Council representatives and/or Mayor Copeland.  Additional budget information is available on the City’s website, www.OlatheKS.org, as well as through the forum.  In addition, community members are encouraged to contact the Budget Office at 971-8671 with inquiries, questions or concerns.