I dropped by the final of eight City of Tucson Community Key Services Dialogues last night at the Ward 2 Council office, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd. My previous blogs outlined the process of these meetings and the discussions in the various break-out groups. See “Let the Dialogues Begin” and Let the Dialogues Continue.
City Manager Mike Letcher and Katie Bolger, aide to Councilmember Glassman made the welcoming remarks.
Neighborhood leaders present (whom I recognized) for this final dialogue were: Margo Gray, Dina Scalone-Romero (Pro Neighborhoods) and Paul Mackey, but there were also less people than were in attendance at the Wards 3 and 6 dialogues.
The results of all eight meetings will be posted online at www.tucsonaz.gov/dialogues. Already on this website are links –results from the dialogues– long, long lists of what residents/participants in the previous ward meetings thought needed to be improved, and what could be cut from the City’s budget.
Also online is the power point presentation made at these meetings for those of you who were unable to attend.
The website also states:”This is not a one-time effort. We will be inviting you to participate in additional dialogues in the future: City Budget & Work Plan (1 – 3 year view), Economic Recovery Plan (3-10 year view), and the General Plan Update (Vision for the future).”
Let’s wait and see what the new City Manager and his staff recommend from the results from these dialogues. At the very least, there appears to be more community input into the budget process than before. When I asked Mr. Letcher about budget priorities from these 8 dialogues, he responded that they would look for “common threads and themes” and then make suggestions to the Mayor and Council for early 2010.