FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 18, 2014
The City of Kansas City, Mo., is taking a proactive approach to involve more residents and businesses in the City’s budget process this year by offering both traditional and out-of-the-box options to share budget-related input.
For example, the City has relaunched its interactive KC Momentum website to seek additional insights on the proposed Fiscal Year 2014-15 Budget. KC Momentum is an interactive, virtual town hall-like website that makes it easy for the public to share budget-related ideas on City issues from the convenience of their home, office or anywhere else an Internet connection is available. Sign up to join the conversation at www.KCMomentum.org.
“I understand that Kansas Citians want to participate in their city government and not just listen to someone else tell them what’s best,” said Mayor Sly James. “However, attending a public meeting isn’t always convenient, and that’s the impetus behind KC Momentum. I hope residents take advantage of this online opportunity to add their thoughts and ideas to topics that matter most to them.”
Complementing KC Momentum, the City hosted its first ever interactive budget chat on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 3-4 p.m. During this time, Mayor James joined City Manager Troy Schulte, City department directors, budget staff and communications staff to respond to public comments about the budget. The public was invited to send comments via Twitter to @KCMO (www.twitter.com/kcmo) using the hashtag #kcmobudget or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Several City leaders collaborated together to answer all budget-related questions (and even a few unrelated questions).
During the chat, staff responded to questions and comments regarding two dozen separate issues, such as the importance of funding for community centers and codes enforcement. A transcript of the chat is available at www.kcmo.gov/budgetchat.
“We held the Twitter budget chat because we’ve seen how engaged residents become with the City during snowstorms using social media, and we wanted to bring some of that energy to the budget discussion. And that’s why relaunching KC Momentum is so important. It gives the public yet another way to join the conversation online,” said Chris Hernandez, the City’s deputy communications director.
Residents who prefer to contribute budget input in person may attend the City’s public budget hearings, hosted by the City’s Finance and Audit Committee. City Council members and staff will present information and listen to public input. The first hearing already took place, but the remaining schedule is as follows:
Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to noon
Robert J. Mohart Multi-Purpose Center (auditorium)
3200 Wayne Ave., Kansas City, MO 64109
Saturday, March 1, 10 a.m. to noon
KCPD South Patrol Division (use main entrance)
9701 Marion Park Drive, Kansas City, MO 64137
Any person with a disability who desires reasonable accommodation to attend these meetings may contact the City’s 311 Call Center at 311 or 816-513-1313, or for TTY, 816-513-1889.
Budget hearings will be available for viewing on Channel 2 or online at www.kcmo.gov/channel2 (click on “city events).
To view the FY2014-15 Submitted Budget, please visit the City’s open data catalog at https://data.kcmo.org/. Both the budget book and a line item budget are available for review.
The final FY2014-15 Budget will be adopted by the City Council on March 27, 2014.