I’ll be the first to admit that the City budget book is not likely to make the best seller list any time soon. Yet in terms of importance it should. While it may not create the same level of excitement as the Harry Potter series it does tell our story for the coming year as a community. It has plot lines, antagonists and heroes. The cast of characters may not rival Harry and the gang but our characters are real and we rely on them to protect us, keep us safe and respond to our calls for help just as much as Harry needs Hermoine and Ron to rescue him at the last minute. Understanding that we live in the USA Today age of cliff note news, we’ve prepared a City Budget Brief to for all those folks (myself included) that aren’t likely to curl up with the full City budget but might have just enough attention span to read the highlights over lunch.
With all the talk about City budget matters over the last couple of years we’ve worked hard to try to simplify the issues as much as possible so that a non-budget person could participate in the conversation and contribute to the solution. We’re facing some challenging issues and fixing them is going to require a common ground of understanding. That’s what we hope to start with the 2009 Budget Brief.
You have your choice. You can download the flyer in it’s entirity (which can be a little confusing since the brief is a multi-panel folded document) or I’ve gone ahead and tried to separate the panels so that you can sort of follow the panel progression below.
Click here to download the 2009 City Budget Brief in its entirity or scroll down to read the Brief panel by panel.