The City of Buffalo
NY

Agenda Item
17-871
Received and Filed
Mar 6, 2018 2:00 PM

Public Engagement in the City of Buffalo Budget Process

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Department:Common CouncilSponsors:Council President, Ellicott Dist. Council Member Darius G. Pridgen
Category:Resolution

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Whereas,               local government budgets should show an alignment of the priorities of an administration, which are stated to be in the best interest of the public, with the concerns of citizens;

 

Whereas,               a lack of transparency and public involvement allows the possibility of divergence between administrative goals and the goals of the people;

 

Whereas,               not involving the citizens throughout the budget process leads to a distortion of public policy as governments try to realign previously adopted budgets to the later identified concerns of the very public served by the budget; and

 

Whereas,               elected representatives of the people of Buffalo, having a duty to work on behalf and in the best interests of the people of Buffalo, should be in frequent open dialogue with the people of Buffalo: Now, Therefore Be It

 

Resolved that The City of Buffalo Common Council-

 

1)              Seeks to reform The City’s budgeting process such that public input is solicited at early stages of budget development and throughout the whole of The Council’s review;

2)              Seeks a partnership with the mayor and comptroller on this endeavor; and

3)              Intends to have a detailed plan in place for the creation of the budget for FY19 no later than January 2018.