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Community Budget Advisory Committee: Reviewing services and delivering budget options

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 in May.  CBAC has been meeting weekly since June. The group 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. 

In late September, CBAC hosted two virtual engagement events to gather input on what City services residents value most. Those events had not yet been held when this newsletter went to print. Visit blm.mn/cbac for more information on the type of feedback attendees provided. 

The committee is providing monthly status reports to the City Council on its work. The committee also provided 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 online in October:

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 read about and share their feedback on the proposed City budget solutions 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.