The Community Budget Advisory Committee wants your feedback

The City is forecasting a budget shortfall of $6 – 7 million in 2021 due to revenue losses from COVID-19. To ensure resident perspectives are reflected in difficult budget choices, the City Council appointed a Community Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC) in May.  CBAC has been meeting weekly since then and provided preliminary levy recommendations to the City Council at the end of August. By looking at the overall budget instead of reducing services one by one, the City Council is aiming to ensure service changes reflect what community members value most. 

The committee is providing monthly status reports to the City Council on its work. The committee will also provide three to four revenue scenarios by the end of September and three to four final budget options by early November. CBAC will host the following community listening sessions in September and October:

Share feedback about City services

  • Thursday, September 17, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 19, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Give feedback on proposed budget options

  • Thursday, October 15, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 17, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Residents may also share their feedback at blm.mn/letstalk.

Learn more about these events, watch CBAC meetings live, watch past meetings, view agendas and minutes, or sign up for email updates at blm.mn/cbac.