Wednesday, June 2, 2010
OPINION: A truthful perspective of Mayor Marchione's "Budget By Priorities" process
"City asks citizens to help prioritize next budget"
"Public input will help drive city spending for 2011-12."
Why is this so funny?
Only two public budget meetings were conducted by the John Marchione Administration and only 18 total citizens showed up! Six attended the March 1 meeting and twelve attended the May 3 meeting -- both held on a Monday close to the dinner hour. Could you pick a worse day?
Redmond has a night-time, resident population of ~50,000 citizens and only 18 residents turned up? This year's "Budget By Priority" process is more than a belly laugh, it's much worse. Six of the 18 residents were lobbying a special interest. Businesses were invited but none registered. Six citizens were hand selected by the Mayor to participate in the process with staff, but never engaged with the Public.
John Marchione's "Budgeting for Priorities" process asks four basic questions"
1. What priorities matter most to our citizens?
2. How much revenue will we have and what price of government will we charge our citizens?
3. How much should we spend to achieve each priority?
4. How can we best deliver each priority to achieve the results the citizens expect?
What citizens? (Read more).
When you compare the 0.0004% citizen turnout to the Reporter's headlines, it's apparent citizens weren't empowered by the "Budget By Priorities" process. The program didn't have legs -- certainly, not enough legs "to help drive city spending and prioritize the next budget".
This is just one example of why I write this blog....to disclose a truthful perspective and cut the P.R.
OPINION By Bob Yoder