Weigh in on city budget from your armchair

kc-momentumThe city says it wants to get more people involved in shaping the budget this year.

After offering an online Twitter discussion recently, now the city has relaunched its interactive KC Momentum website, offering another way for people to share budget ideas without attending a traditional public meeting.

KC Momentum is a website that is intended to make it easy for anyone to weigh in on budget priorities, even those without a deep understanding of budgeting.

Here’s more from the city:

“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. .
“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.

Scheduled budget hearings
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 athttps://data.kcmo.org/. Both the budget book and a line item budget are available for review.

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