City of Wichita officials will host a social media town hall budget meeting from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2 in Training Room I on the 9th floor of City Hall, 455 N. Main. Media are invited. Mayor Jeff Longwell and City Council Members are expected to attend.
During the social media town hall, residents will be asked questions regarding the budget on the City of Wichita Facebook page and on Twitter at #ictbudget15. Residents who are unable to participate during that time frame should visit the City’s Facebook page to view the budget questions and leave comments. Residents can also send tweets after the town hall has ended but should remember to use the hashtag #ictbudget15. City staff will respond to the additional comments and tweets the following day.
The City’s social media town hall is part of the 2016-17 proposed budget process. The proposed budget is a more than $500 million spending plan that addresses public safety, quality of life, cultural arts, economic development and other proposed expenditures and reductions.
The town hall precedes planned budget workshops and other community engagement efforts related to the 2015-16 Proposed Budget.
The social media town hall and various public budget presentations support the City’s public engagement and transparency goals. City Council members want to hear from more residents before they adopt the budget at their Aug. 11, a date set by state statute.
There will be a second social media town hall meeting from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16 in the same location as the first event.