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Mayor urges participation in online budget survey

Mayor John Peyton is urging citizens to participate in an online survey to engage in the fiscal year 2011-12 budget preparation process.  For the first time, Jacksonville residents who were unable to attend one of the five budget workshops (held between February and April) may now submit their city service priority rankings online at www.myjaxbudget.com.  The online survey will be available from Monday, April 18 through Monday, May 2.

The website survey features the same workbook that has been offered to those that attended the workshops.  The workbook contains vital information about the wide array of services provided by the city.

Just as residents who attended the workshops prioritized the city services at the event, online visitors may use the web tool to communicate their priorities about city spending in the following service areas:

  • Planning and Development
  • Public Works
  • Community Services
  • Housing and Neighborhoods
  • Environmental and Compliance
  • Jacksonville Economic Development Commission
  • Fire and Rescue
  • Recreation
  • Public Library
  • Office of the Sheriff
  • Jacksonville Children’s Commission

Also like the material presented at the workshops, online users may review the functions of each service area and rank them using the following categories:

  • Want more: A service they feel the City of Jacksonville must have and requires additional resources even if that means a possible tax increase.
  • Must have: A service they feel must be maintained and cannot be reduced.
  • Nice to have: A service they feel should be continued but funding can be reduced.
  • Don’t want: A service they feel does not need to be provided by the City of Jacksonville.
  • No opinion: A service they are neutral about or require additional information.

The data collected at the budget workshops and through the online survey tool will be compiled by Jacksonville Community Council, Inc., and a report highlighting the findings will be posted on www.myjaxbudget.com and given to the Mayor’s Office and provided to the incoming administration for consideration as it prepares its first city budget.

The fiscal year 2011-12 budget outreach plan also includes comprehensive information regarding the City of Jacksonville’s budget through a dedicated website, www.myjaxbudget.com.  The site offers visitors information about the city’s budget process, revenue and expenses. It also contains descriptions of internal and external services provided by city departments and divisions and includes information on their respective budgets for both the current year, as well as last fiscal year.


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