Thank you so much to John Keohane for the Commander's Forum summary posted to the listserve and
for encouraging everyone to sign up to receive the central west area of
command postings. I also want to share about the City of Austin town
hall budget meeting I attended last Wednesday night at NW Rec Center.
The gym was filled with residents sitting at tables of about 8 and we were given a spread sheet of proposed with a short explanation of each cut. An overview of how the Austin
budget works was first done for all to hear, and we were told that
Austin is looking at between a $29 million and $66 million deficit.
Each table then, facilitated by a city employee, deliberated and voted
to accept or reject each cut. Results were turned in to be tallied.
All the department heads were on hand to answer questions at each
table, such as the fire chief, housing and transportation heads, etc.
City Manager Marc Ott stressed to everyone in attendance that our input
would matter. The last 30 minutes was left for residents to voice
their concerns and put in plugs to keep certain programs, services,