City of Olathe takes budget process to cyberspace and beyond

OLATHE, Kansas - The City of Olathe took their message online with a purpose - to be as transparent as possible with people.

The city hosted a live e-Town Hall meeting to discuss the 2012 budget process.

Residents have been studying the budget proposal and submitting their questions over the past two weeks. The city used various forms of social media.

Organizers believe Olathe is the first city in the Midwest to try the electronic town hall meeting. It is also a process they plan to use again.

"Anything we can think of to get more people involved in the budget, at least follow how their money is being spent, how decisions are being made by their elected officials," said Communications Director Tim Danneberg. "Really, that's been a council mandate for some time."

NBC Action News Reporter Chris Hernandez served as moderator for the event.

The next budget workshop is Tuesday, July 26. A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 2. For more information, visit the City of Olathe's website .
 

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