Neighborhood councils and committees can help provide early community input into budget preparations as well as review and offer feedback on specific proposed budgets.
Local agencies must provide these councils and committees with information about the budget and clear roles and responsibilities in the budget process.
Neighborhood committees and councils can be integrated into a public engagement process on the budget in a number of ways that build broader community trust and support for the final budget plan.
For notes on the “Working with Existing Neighborhood Councils and Committees” approach, see document at right.
Below are stories of local agencies using a Working with Existing Neighborhood Councils and Committees approach to involve residents in the budgeting process.