Councilwoman Schipske Announces City Budget Hearings to the 5th District
Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske Announces City Budget Hearings Councilwoman Schipske encourages residents to attend public hearings on the proposed City budget.
Long Beach, CA. August 4, 2007 - Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske today called upon residents to attend the announced public hearings set on the proposed City budget.
"It is critical that residents participate in these hearings,"says Schipske who has already held a meeting in the 5th Council District.
"The message was loud and clear at my community meeting a few weeks ago that residents want more details on how the City plans on spending taxpayers' money."
The following dates and times have been announced by the City Manager's office for budget hearings and workshops:
August 5: Mayor and City Manager Budget Overview. Workshop in Council Chambers at 3:30 - 4:30 pm.
August 12 & 10: Budget Presentations. Workshop in Council Chambers at 3:30 - 4:30 pm.
September 2: Budget Presentations. Workshop in Council Chambers at 3:30 - 4:30 pm.
September 2: Budget Presentations and Budget Adoption. In Council Chambers at 7:00-8:30 pm.
September 9: Budget Presentations and further action by Council. In Council Chambers at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm.
September 9: If necessary: Budget Presentations and Budget Adoption by Council. In Council Chambers at 7:00-8:30 pm.
Schipske adds that she will request more meetings to be held in the evenings to accommodate working people.
Schipske expressed her concerns that unlike the four consecutive years (FY 02 - FY 06) in which the City hosted a citywide Budget Summit before the release of the Proposed Budget to share information about potential budget changes and to garner additional input -- this practice was abandoned by City management. Instead, management relied upon individual council staff budget briefings and council district-held budget meetings to discuss the budget.
"Unfortunately, not many of these were held in the City," says Schipske. "This should have been done at Council in public. Too much of this budget was done behind closed doors. It needed the public input from the beginning -- not at the end."