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WICHITA, Kan. — City officials are planning a social media town hall, to ask Wichita residents for ideas during the development of the 2015-2016 operating budget.
The city's budget totals more than $500 million and funds services including police, fire, Parks and Recreation, Street and Building Maintenance and Water Utilities.
During the town hall, residents can weigh in via the city's Facebook page and Twitter account. The event will address the annual expenditures in the operating budget with topics such as animal control services, snow removal, street and pathway maintenance, citizen engagement and the use of technology. On Twitter, use #ictbudget2015.
Last year, the city held a similar town hall that included budget issues involving the future of O.J. Watson Park and keeping programs intact such as the Wichita Police Department's mounted unit and air patrol.
This year's social media town hall will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21. The proposed budget will be presented on July 15, and the city council will take final action on August 12. See the full calendar below.
• May 21 Social Media Town Hall, 1:30-3:00 p.m
• June 2, 3, 4 &16 District Advisory Board Meetings
• June 17 City Council Workshop: 2015-2016 Proposed Budget and Performance Measures
• June 18 Social Media Town Hall, 1:30-3:00 p.m., from City Hall
• July 15 City Manager Robert Layton presents 2015-2016 Proposed Budget
• August 5 Formal Hearing on 2015-2016 Proposed Budget
• August 12 Formal Hearing and Adoption of the 2015 Operating Budget