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City of Santa Monica – Budget Surveys Story

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Community:City of Santa Monica (Los Angeles County)
Population: 91,439

Summary: Online Surveys

This coastal community uses its website to gather public input on the city budget. Questions in the online survey include:

  • What do you think are the most important issues facing the community in the coming year?
  • What programs and services do you think should be funded to address these issues?

To promote further discussion and participation, responses are posted on the website (with the respondent’s name, if they wish). The current agency budget is also available online to the public. Elected officials and staff review and consider the survey responses in preparing the budget.

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