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Working with Existing Neighborhood Councils and Committees

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Neighborhood councils and committees can help provide early community input into budget preparations as well as review and offer feedback on specific proposed budgets.

Keep in Mind

Local agencies must provide these councils and committees with information about the budget and clear roles and responsibilities in the budget process.

Why This Approach?

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.

Outreach and Education Case Stories From California and Beyond

Below are stories of local agencies using a Working with Existing Neighborhood Councils and Committees approach to involve residents in the budgeting process.

Case Story

City of San Jose – Working with Existing Neighborhood Councils and Committees Story

The San Jose Strong Neighborhoods Initiative, a network of neighborhood advisory committees, was organized to strengthen community participation in redevelopment areas. The committees developed visions for their neighborhoods and identified priorities for redevelopment spending.

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