2016 Citizen Work Sessions by the City of Kansas City, Missouri

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From City Hall:

Who says no one at City Hall is listening?

Well, that’s certainly not the case in Kansas City, Missouri, where officials are inviting residents to help shape the City’s priorities and objectives for the next five years.

Councilmembers are gathering information they’ll use to set the next annual budget. A big part of this process is the feedback collected from citizens.

With that in mind, the City is seeking creative, solution-minded people to participate in one of four work sessions which start Sept. 13. The interactive forums will forgo formal presentations so the focus can remain on suggestions offered by residents.

Participants will enjoy a lively, entertaining experience that includes the all-new “Pick Your Priorities’’ game that will allow attendees to have fun selecting the best ways to allocate the City’s limited funds.

“The Citizen Work Sessions offer residents direct access to City officials and an excellent opportunity for them to provide input on the areas that should be our top priorities over the next five years,’’ said Mayor Pro Tem and Finance Committee Chair, Scott Wagner. “These forums are designed to focus on high-level prioritizing, rather than line-item debates.’’

Participants can also expect:

  • Focus groups on topics ranging from finance and housing to public safety and transportation
  • Access to department directors, assistant city managers and others who can field questions about the programs that relate to Council goals
  • An opportunity to record a 30-second message to the City Council about their views on City priorities

The input will be used to finalize the five-year Citywide Business Plan, which must be adopted by Nov. 1, 2016.

The four identical sessions are:

Tuesday, Sept. 13 | 6 p.m. -8 p.m.
Northland Neighborhoods, Inc.
4420 N. Chouteau Trafficway

Thursday, Sept. 22 | 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Avila University, Whitfield Conference Room
11901 Wornall Rd.

Saturday, Oct. 1 | 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Mohart Multipurpose Center
3200 Wayne Ave.

Thursday, Oct. 6 | 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Kansas City Health Dept., Multipurpose Room
2400 Troost Ave.

Space is limited so reservations are encouraged. Please RSVP to reserve your seat at one of the four sessions:finance@kcmo.org or 816-513-1173.

For information, contact Chris Hernandez, City Communications Director, at 816-513-3474 orchris.hernandez@kcmo.org.

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