Feb. 15, 2012
At yesterday's City Council meeting, the Budget and Research Department introduced the first of many steps to make the community budget process more easy to understand and transparent. By visiting phoenix.gov, and clicking on the "Budget Information" button, residents can read line-by-line details of the city's budget, broken out in a simple format and by citywide and department-specific information.
"I have been asking for this for several years now and staff had made progress, but I am so happy to see the many significant improvements that are being made for this year's budget process," said Councilwoman Thelda Williams, who has spearheaded the effort.
"I would like to congratulate and thank City Manager David Cavazos and his staff for listening to many council and community requests to make our budget process more easy to understand. We have a very big city and an extremely complex budget process, but these improvements provide the public an easy way to study, understand and comment on the city's budget," said Councilman Tom Simplot, member of the City Council Finance, Efficiency, Innovation and Sustainability Subcommittee.
The City Council will be briefed on the initial, proposed 2012-13 budget at its March 27 meeting, and residents will be invited to more than a dozen community hearings to provide input, ideas and feedback about next year's budget.
"Providing accessible, easy-to-understand budget information for the City Council and community is a big priority for us, and we are pleased to report on our progress to date. We also look forward to hearing the community’s input and feedback on the city budget during the next few months," said Mario Paniagua, director, Budget and Research Department.
For more information, visit phoenix.gov or call 602-262-4800.