The two top city officials will hear from residents Tuesday night between 6:30 and 8 p.m. inside Austin Central Library at 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. The event is part of a new approach by city leaders to align budget expenses with the set of strategic priorities council members approved in their Strategic Direction 2023.
Those council-adopted strategic outcomes include: economic opportunity and affordability; mobility; health and environment; culture and lifelong learning; safety and government that works for all.
“A city’s budget is a reflection of a city’s values, so it’s important for me that we engage as many different voices in the process as possible,” Cronk said. “Community participation is vital to ensuring that we develop a city budget that works for everyone.”
This will be the only citywide budget town hall; however, each council member is scheduled to host district-specific budget town halls to hear from his or her constituents. Residents can also access the city’s online survey tool to prove feedback.
The district-specific budget town hall schedule is as follows:
District 2 with Council Member Delia Garza: Wednesday, May 16, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Learning and Research Center, 2800 Spirit of Texas Drive.
District 3 with Council Member Pio Renteria: Saturday, May 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 E. Third St.
District 6 with Council Member Jimmy Flannigan: Monday, May 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Spicewood Springs Library, 8637 Spicewood Springs Road.
District 5 with Council Member Ann Kitchen: Tuesday, May 22, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the South Austin Senior Activity Center, 3911 Manchaca Road.
District 9 with Council Member Kathie Tovo: Monday, June 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St.
District 10 with Council Member Alison Alter: Monday, June 18, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Shalom Austin, 7300 Hart Lane.
District 7 with Council Member Leslie Pool: Tuesday, June 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive.
District 8 with Council Member Ellen Troxclair: Thursday, June 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Austin Pizza Garden, 6266 Hwy. 290.
*District 1 occurred on Saturday, May 12.
**District 4 has not been announced.