September 10, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mayor Steve Noble Announces 2019 Community Budget Forum
Monday, September 24th
KINGSTON, N.Y. – For the third year in a row, Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to host a Community Budget Forum as part of the annual City budget preparation process.
The Community Budget Forum, to be held on Monday, September 24th at 5:30pm at City Hall, will include remarks from Mayor Noble and a presentation by City Comptroller John Tuey. Leadership from the various City departments will also be participating throughout the evening. Questions, suggestions and general comments will be gathered by City staff to be referred to during the development of the 2019 budget.
“As we know, an effective budget process is ongoing,” said Mayor Noble. “This event is one step in a series we take each year to ensure that our annual budgets reflect the needs and interests of our local taxpayers.”
The Community Budget Forum is part of a larger effort to engage the public in the municipal budget process. Past forums have informed the City of service areas in which participants felt more resources were needed or new initiatives warranted support. As an example, in 2017, community members advocated for the establishment of Participatory Budgeting, which was then included in the Mayor’s 2018 proposed budget. The City’s first-ever Participatory Budgeting Pilot Project is currently in progress.