Get Involved in the Governance of Your Community!
In January of 2017 the Town of Hinton was proud to release our new citizen budget engagement tool. Using real world budget numbers and interactive visual displays, the software offered our residents a new way to engage with, and understand, the budget decisions made annually on their behalf.
For the fourth budget cycle, we've brought the tool back this fall. By releasing this tool in the fall, citizens are able to offer their opinions and preferences for tax dollar utilization before the first draft of the 2020 budget is released. In this way, Council and Administration will be able to take into consideration input from residents in the first draft. In addition, the tool is an educational device, by which residents can learn more about their tax contribution through an interactive visual model, based on individual assessed value.
Feedback will be received and tabulated by administration and presented to Council as budget proceedings get underway in November and December.
The Citizen Budget tool is available to be presented in the coming weeks. If you think your group could benefit from a presentation of the tool, contact Corporate Services
We've also made a number of other options for sharing input available, including Octobers Town Hall, and an online focus group. Please review the methods listed below, and engage in whatever way is convenient to you.
Want to see your feedback in action?
Interested in how Budget 2020 comes together? The Town will be holding budget meetings, starting November 16, and interested citizens are welcome to observe the proceedings. Visit Government Centre during the below dates and times to watch the meetings yourself.
- Department Meetings – November 16 all day
- Budget – November 18: 4 – 8 PM
- Budget – November 20: 4 – 8 PM
- Capital – November 25: 4 – 8 PM
Online Focus Group
From October 15 to November 8th, we will be hosting an online focus group at Hinton.ca/ToHFocusGroup
. The group, which is hosted in facebook via our page, features similar questions to those posed to our in person focus groups, encouraging dialogue from residents along the following topics:
- What's Going Well?
- What Could we do Better?
- What is your Vision for Hinton?
- What is your Dream of Hinton?
- What Should the Strategic Plan Include?
- What Should the Town Advocate for?