Mayor Landrieu, Councilmember Gray To Hold District E Community Budget Meeting Tonight
NEW ORLEANS, LA – On Monday, August 10, 2015, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Councilmember James Gray will host the District E community meeting at the Sanchez Center, 1616 Caffin Ave., from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., to discuss budget priorities as the City begins its 2016 budgeting for outcomes process.
Other City officials attending will include deputy mayors, New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Superintendent Michael Harrison, New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) Superintendent Tim McConnell and other department and agency leaders. This will be the final community meeting for the 2015 budgeting for outcomes process.
The goal of the budgeting for outcomes process is to produce a more resident-driven budget and ensure process improvement and accountability of our government performance. This national best practice is designed to enhance services and get a better return on investment of public dollars by encouraging City agencies to invest public resources based on the results residents and City leaders want to achieve. While traditional budgeting systems are hinged on incremental changes to the previous year’s level of effort, budgeting for outcomes ensures that all City budgets are funded based on how well they achieve residents’ priorities. Both Spanish and Vietnamese interpretation will be available at the meeting.
Before the district meeting, City officials will also host a resource center from 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the hallways outside the gym where residents may visit one-on-one with representatives from several City departments and agencies to address specific complaints and concerns. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. Residents who cannot attend community meetings are invited to share their comments and input by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.