The city of Las Vegas is currently working on its tentative budget for fiscal year 2014, which runs from July 2013 to June 2014. As the city works toward a final budget, it wants to hear from residents regarding funding priorities and whether they would be willing to pay more for certain services.
Residents are invited to visit www.yourvoicevegas.com to answer some simple questions regarding the budget. The first question asks residents to share their funding priorities for the upcoming year. Additional questions residents can answer include: if they agree with the findings of a recent citizen survey and if they would be willing to pay more in fees, not taxes, for the items that they identified as high funding priorities. The results of the earlier survey can be found at http://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/files/Citizen_Survey.pdf .
“We want to hear from the citizens of Las Vegas about what their priorities are when it comes to funding the services that they are using every day,” said City Manager Elizabeth N. Fretwell. “Your Voice Vegas allows another way for us to hear from the public on the budget as the City Council makes decisions about what our focus should be.”
Residents are encouraged to further participate in the process by attending the budget hearing, which will take place on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. at City Hall, 495 S. Main St. The final budget is due to the state of Nevada in June 2013.
Launched in December 2012, YourVoiceVegas is an online website forum that allows residents to interact with city leaders 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Sign-up is easy allowing for registration on the site itself or via an existing Facebook account. Once registered, users can submit original ideas, refine ideas that the city might put forth, second a neighbor’s idea or participate in a survey or poll.
As an incentive, those who participate will accrue points based on their level of participation and be eligible for a number of rewards. Some of the rewards include free tickets to the Mob Museum and Cultural Affairs concerts as well as passes for the city’s fitness and swimming centers.