Community Budget Advisory Committee starts its work
The City is facing a budget shortfall of $6 – 7 million in 2021 due to revenue losses from COVID-19. To ensure resident perspectives are reflected in the difficult budget choices they face, the City Council appointed a Community Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC) in May.
The group will create three to four budget options for 2021 and 2022. The advisory committee is made up of nine residents who have knowledge of municipal budgets and City government: Akua Asare, John Gibbs, John Laux, Jessica Linares-Kunkel, Chao Moua, Neil Peterson, Steve Peterson, Maureen Scallen Failor and Josh Syrjamaki.
CBAC began meeting weekly in June. They created a charter for the group and started discussion of the City’s budget.
In the coming months, the committee will provide monthly status reports to the City Council on their work. They will also provide the Council:
- Preliminary levy recommendations by the end of August.
- Three to four revenue scenarios by the end of September.
- Three to four final budget options by early November.
You will have opportunities to get involved in the budget process, too. Join CBAC for video call events on Thursday, September 17, 6:30 – 8 p.m, and Saturday, September 19, 10 - 11:30 a.m., to let them know what you think. More information on those events will be available online at blm.mn/cbac. The goal of these events is to gather information about the services residents value most. There will also be opportunities to get involved in late October to give feedback on the CBAC’s proposed budget options.
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. Watch meetings live, view agendas and minutes or sign up for email updates at blm.mn/cbac.