Monday, March 3, 2014

Action Plan 2015-2018 public engagement begins today

Help us understand what YOU value most by participating in Action Plan 2015 - 2018 from March 3 to March 20, 2014.

Finding the right balance between investing in quality public service and keeping tax rates affordable can mean something different to every Calgarian - and we want to hear all of your perspectives.

Rather than hosting an open house, which can sometimes have fewer citizens in attendance than City staff, we've transformed a Calgary Transit bus into a lean mean Action Plan machine.

The Take Action bus is scheduled to make an appearance at over 20 public engagement events along its route, collecting your opinions and suggestions as its noble passengers.

“Starting March 3, Action Plan is going to where the people are – attending public spaces like malls, dog parks, recreation facilities, and farmers markets. At least one engagement opportunity is planned for every Ward in Calgary during this period,” said Action Plan Program Manager Sarah Woodgate – indicating that public engagement is just one step in a year-long process.

Too cold out for you to board the bus? No worries. You can visit the Action Plan website to participate online using our fancy new tools such as the:
  • Budget Simulator: citizens consider City services and make some tough choices on spending priorities, based on the impacts to service that each scenario presents.
  • Priorities tool: citizens tell us what important priorities The City should focus on for the next four years.
  • Discussion Forum: an open forum, where citizens can submit ideas, comments and thoughts on City spending, priorities, budget, or anything else. Fellow citizens can comment and vote on any of the submitted ideas, or start a new discussion thread themselves.
See the video below for more info about Action Plan 2015-2018 and to see Mayor Naheed Nenshi taking a selfie on the Take Action bus earlier today.

A detailed summary of all ideas and suggestions will be given to Council and City departments for consideration in developing Council priorities, business plans and budgets. As well, a summary of citizen engagement will be announced publicly in April and shared on the Action Plan 2015 – 2018 website in May.

Look for Action Plan in your community and have your say!

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