King County budget forum comes to library Saturday

September 24, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 24, 2010

King County has launched a round of forums dedicated to the county budget crisis.

The program, part of the Countywide Community Forums, comes to the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday.

The month-long effort focuses on the county budget. Organizers hope the forum provides a simple and enjoyable way for people to learn about the topic, share ideas and submit a survey to the King County Council.

During the effort, citizens will be asked to share their views on the topic: “Citizen Priorities for Government in Challenging Economic Times.”

Participants will also watch a video with interviews of county and community leaders explaining the county budget.

Then, participants can offers opinions in person and online.

The survey focuses on identifying the highest priorities for spending, collecting revenue and achieving efficiencies.

The survey results will be released in late October. Find results from past surveys here.

“The timing could not be better for the launch of this new civic space and to connect people to the county’s decision-makers,” Countywide Community Forums Director Matt Rosenberg said in a news release. “With King County facing a $63 million shortfall in the general fund, the debate over government costs, priorities and revenues is very timely.”

Register as a citizen councilor in the program here, call 206-296-1633 or toll-free at 800-369-2584, or email communityforums@kingcounty.gov.

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