On Monday, the second Citizen Budget Academy cohort graduated from the Comptroller’s series. There were 14 graduates from 7 different neighborhoods. Over the five weeks of classes, this program goes into several details about the City’s budget process-along with the “hows” and “whys” money can be used where.
Academy member, Chelsea Snyder explained, “I would recommend this course for anyone who thinks that they might be interested in looking behind the curtain of the City’s finance office. It was so helpful to understand on a community and citizen level where your tax dollars go, how they are used, and the decisions that go into budgeting. Adam was able to capture my interest each week, on every topic, all of which had been overwhelming subjects in the past.”
Downtown resident, Rae Cox, learned just how complicated a city budget can be, but it can be done with compromise and conversation. She added “there is no ‘free’ money from the state. What to spend some to get some.”
This series is part of the Mayor’s Institute of Learning. As a reminder, for admission into the Mayor’s Institute, a resident only needs to complete all three courses; each of which is scheduled to be offered annually. A neighborhood must have at least one active neighbor in each of these academies: Citizen Police, Citizen Planning, and Citizen Budget. There is no time constraint within which to complete the courses.
Adam Blowers adds “We have heard from several members of the community, who would like to see more Citizen Academies created. An idea of a Citizen Fire Academy is being discussed currently with the Fire Chief.”
The Citizen Planning Academy’s registration is now open and the Citizen Police Academy will be in the Fall. For information on course enrollment, contact Director of Communications and Engagement Rhonda Destino, or check the City’s website at www.cityofgenevany.com