REDMOND, WA – The City of Redmond will host the first of four public hearings on the 2023-24 biennial budget on Tuesday, July 5 at 7:00 p.m. during the regular business meeting of the City Council. The community can watch the meeting remotely through redmond.gov/RCTVlive, Facebook (@CityofRedmond), Comcast Channel 321, and Ziply Channel 34, or listen to the meeting by calling 510-335-7371. Public comments related to the budget hearing can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The goal of the public hearing is to gather community input about city issues, priorities, and fiscal matters before the final budget is adopted in December. July 5 is the first public hearing; however, public comments will be collected until the budget is adopted by the City Council on December 6. Three more public hearings are scheduled for October 18, November 1, and November 15.
In addition to public hearings, community members can voice their opinion about the budget through items from the audience at the Council’s regular business meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of the month or by email at email@example.com. Also, there are eight budget study sessions scheduled in which the City Council will discuss various Budgeting by Priorities topics. The community is invited to attend study sessions, however, these meetings are informational only as public comments regarding budget matters are only conducted at public hearings or through the other methods noted above.
Other options for community involvement in the budget process include an online questionnaire and participating on the Civic Results Team. The questionnaire, open now through July 11, is available at LetsConnectRedmond.com/Budget. To join the Civic Results Team, send a letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters will be accepted on an ongoing basis, but letters received by June 22 will receive precedence.
The City uses the Budgeting by Priorities process to form the City’s biennial budget. This process identifies the community’s highest priority services. Budget information is available on the City’s website at www.redmond.gov/Budget.
Jill E. Smith, Communications Manager