How does what residents say compare to what staff says is important to budget for?
Strategic Plan from staff says:
- Personnel Expenses
- Retail Sector Performance
- Risk Management Fund
- Transportation Fund
- Post-Employment Benefits
- Maintenance of the Urban Forest
- Village Fleet
- Electricity Costs
- Interoperable Radio Systems
Residents from citizen summit say:
- Housing/ Neighborhoods
- Village Management
- Economy, Budget
- Non-Downtown Retail
- Age Groups
- Historic Preservation
Common elements maybe deserving budget consideration:
Infrastructure- Streets and stormwater are still front and center for money.
Trees- Our urban forest continues to rank high with both residents and staff, lending some weight to spending a dime on trees, and maybe rethinking protecting some of the biggest and oldest from developer predations.
Past that there seems to be a disconnect of sorts between what staff sees as important, and what residents see as important. There’s that lack of “shoving it under our noses” at work again.