Social media town hall held to help shape 2015 proposed budget

WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita city officials reached out to residents Wednesday, in hopes of getting feedback on how to shape the 2015 proposed budget.

Nearly a dozen city staffers from various departments held the third social media town hall.

Mark Manning, a budget officer with the city, says the event allowed for city officials to engage with residents through Facebook and Twitter.

“Snow removal was a big topic today, we also asked questions about our drought response plans,” said Manning.

The city’s snow removal efforts have been the topic of discussion for months.

Manning says residents gave varying viewpoints on how the city handled the winter weather.

“Citizens were appreciative of the efforts we did, but there were comments about the sand that was left behind after our snow removal efforts,” said Manning.

Mayor Carl Brewer was also on hand for the town hall meeting to help his staff answer some of the hard questions.

Brewer says when deciding how to shape the city’s $500 million budget, that himself and city council members take a serious look at what residents are saying.

“A lot of times they provide us with some excellent ideas and recommendations that we can actually apply and it gives us an idea of what direction we should be moving as a council,” said Brewer.

Those who were unable to ask questions or comment during the town hall can still do so.

Manning says all comments after the meeting will be looked at and responded to by city staffers.

The city will hold another social media town hall meeting on Wednesday June 18th.


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