Elk Grove Launches Open City Hall Discussion Forum

Press Release

Press Release - Elk Grove Launches Open City Hall Discussion Forum

Posted: 01/04/2017

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First question asks residents how they would allocate $500 for City priorities

Today, Elk Grove launched “Open City Hall” - an exciting online platform designed to engage residents in a conversation that will harness their input toward important City issues, starting with funding priorities.

City officials will incorporate the feedback derived from Open City Hall and upcoming Budget Town Hall meetings scheduled in January and February in the decision-making process for the FY 2017-18 annual budget. 

"We want the public to be part of the process, and they’re already online," said Elk Grove City Manager, Laura Gill. "Open City Hall is a cost-effective way to empower more residents to participate in City decisions from the privacy and convenience of their own home, or anywhere."

The first topic on the forum asks “How would you spend $500 of general purpose tax revenue in the City of Elk Grove?” Participants can contribute, read what others are saying and share their opinion on open topics at any time online. Additional forums are envisioned for the future to promote more discussion on topics like the General Plan Update, public transportation, construction and maintenance projects and more.

The City of Elk Grove has partnered with Peak Democracy to introduce the new online forum. Roughly 100 other cities and counties across the U.S. and Canada are using similar Open City Hall platforms to engage their residents including Arlington County VA, Saint Paul MN, Ann Arbor MI, Palo Alto CA, and Salt Lake City UT.

To join the discussion, visit www.elkgrovecity.org/opencityhall.

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