City of Penticton budget process goes social

The City of Penticton is making 2013 budget deliberations a social affair, inviting citizens and stakeholders to engage in presentations through social media.

You can take part!

"The City of Penticton budget deliberations have become a more open and transparent process and we want increased public input. The City has been expanding our efforts in citizen outreach and engagement," said Mayor Dan Ashton. "We invite all citizens to take part either in person or through new technology."

Annual budget deliberations for the municipality take multiple days to go through, and cover a wide array of spending decisions in both operating and capital budgets. Public input and feedback during the presentations are important, and time will be set aside each day to allow citizens and stakeholders to ask questions, provide comments and give suggestions.

Accommodations are being made to allow those whose schedules don't permit daytime meetings to engage in the process. All budget meetings will be streamed live on the City of Penticton's website. The online video functions on all platforms and mobile devices.

Also, City staff will be monitoring Twitter on the City's @cityofpenticton account. Citizens can use the hashtag #penbudget13 to give the City comments, suggestions and questions. These will be presented to Council verbally, and responses will be provided directly back to the original poster as quickly as possible.

The 2013 budget meeting schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, Nov. 29 at 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: operational budget
  • Friday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: operational budget and grants
  • Friday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: utilities operating budgets and capital budgets
  • Thursday, Dec. 13 from 9 a.m.: special meeting of Council for first three readings of the budget bylaw.

Final adoption of the 2013 budget bylaw is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 17 during the regular meeting of Council. All meetings are schedule to take place in Council Chambers in City Hall.