City of Wichita officials will host a Social Media Budget Town Hall from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday in Training Room I on the 9th floor of City Hall, 455 N. Main. Mayor Jeff Longwell and City Council Members are expected to attend. Planned budget topics for Thursday's town hall include street maintenance, traffic safety and youth reading programs.
A second Social Media Town Hall is scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20 at the same location. During the town hall, residents will be asked questions regarding the budget on the City of Wichita Facebook page and on Twitter at #ictbudget17.
Residents who are unable to participate during these timeframes 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 #ictbudget17. City staff will respond to additional comments and tweets the following day.
During the 2016 event, there were more than 190,000 views and more than 2,000 comments, shared posts and reactions. The most active topic was a Facebook live event where the Police Chief answered questions about public safety.
The budget town hall is part of the 2018-2019 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. The town hall precedes planned budget workshops and other community engagement efforts related to the 2018-2019 Proposed Budget.
The 2018-2019 Proposed Budget is scheduled to be presented on July 18. The City Council will take final action on the budget on August 8, a date set by state statute.