Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Dallas City Council has community budget forums - Dallas ISD no real public process

Unlike Dallas ISD which has no real budget process for meaningful public input, the Dallas City Council is having a series of forums where citizens can contribute to the development of the city budget.

Dallas ISD scheduled a 30 minute public hearing immediately prior to the June 25, 2009 Board Meeting at which the budget was to be adopted. That was it - a 30 minute public hearing in name only and no budget information provided to the public beyond an online summary that revealed very little detailed information. 

On the other hand, the City of Dallas has a real process for public participation in the budget development process that includes "community budget forums."

Community Budget Forums

Community Budget Forums - City of Dallas
Residents attending will have an opportunity to give their input on the development of the FY 09/10 proposed budget.
News Release
Community Briefing (Updated)