Ideas For Future Town Hall Topics

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Do you have something you'd like to discuss with your fellow Brisbane residents?  We're taking suggestions now for future Town Hall topics.  Note: Town Hall topics should have a focused and specific question users can then answer, rather than, "What are you thoughts about the Baylands?" or "What improvements do you want to see in Brisbane?"  So just keep that in mind when you're commenting.  We'll keep this forum open until Thursday, March 17, after which we'll see what topics are suggested and if they're appropriate to ask on Brisbane Town Hall.  Thank you in advance for your suggestions!

 

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NEW TOPICS:

Should the City focus on subsidizing employee housing with the community's affordable housing funds?

Frankly, Should the Public wait three weeks to know about this timely issue?

Should the City be plotting to tie their open space up with other uses?

Should the City update their General Plan which is 20+ years old?

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Thank you for your ideas for future Town Hall topics. This is just a note to let you know that we got them and will be considering them and any others that come in! Thanks again, Caroline

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Should the City carefully evaluate their discretionary spending on recreation on the basis of "equal justice for all" different age groups of citizens?

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Thank you for your feedback; we'll be posting a new topic for Brisbane Town Hall by March 18! -Caroline

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Explanation needed on what exactly is "priority budgeting"? Whose priorities? Individual Council members'?

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Hi Anja, you may be referring to Priority Based Budgeting? This is a new budget format that for the last few years staff with the Council subcommittee (now called the Fiscal and Administrative Policies Subcommittee) has been developing. The reason for going to this format is to elevate the City Council Policy discussion to focus on the connection of city services to the broader goals of the Community. Budget hearings are rarely well-attended and with rare exception, are only attended when we are proposing eliminating or altering a program where a special interest group or individuals seeks to maintain the status quo. The question that often arises at the Council dais is, How do we know we are meeting the "mark" when we receive little or no community input? Therefore, a Priority Based Budget should lead to a better conversation on long-term issues, starting with the crafting of Council adopted Goals/Results. The Council will discuss these Goals/Results more at their April 7th meeting. There will surely be more citizen engagement sought on this new budget format, but not at this time. Hopefully this just provided an overview of what Priority Based Budgeting is. Thanks, Caroline

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