Connections Connections Fall/Winter 2016 : Page 1

A publication from the City of Wheat Ridge Issue 60 Fall/Winter 2016 Inside this issue... 2 3 4 6 Mayor's Corner Community Calendar Budgeting is Always a Balancing Act The City of Wheat Ridge recently launched a new budget software called Balancing Act which offers residents a fun and easy way to learn how the City Budget works and the choices elected offi cials face during the budgeting process. It allows participants to simulate the process of allocating funds and making decisions about how to spend the budget — expressing priorities and preferences for plans and projects. Balancing Act was designed for individuals interested in learning more about the budget process and the challenges faced by decision-makers. The proposed budget is available on the website and was presented to City Council on November 7, 2016. There was a Public Hearing on November 14, 2016. The adoption of the 2017 Budget is scheduled for November 28, 2016. The City of Wheat Ridge's budget supplies the road map necessary for providing programs and services to citizens of Wheat Ridge. The City Council and City staff put a great deal of effort and time into preparing the annual budget. The City's annual budget process includes considerable staff participation from all departments, along with City Council direction concerning key policy areas as well as input from residents. The new Balancing Act software allows community members another opportunity to understand and participate in the budgeting process. City Manager's Column Economic Development Update 10 Police Updates 11 Localworks PRSRT STD U.S. Postage PAID Denver, CO Permit No. 1673 Visit the Balancing Act website: View the 2017 proposed budget document: 7500 W. 29th Avenue Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 Saturday, December 3 from 3–7 p.m. Details on page 11

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