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Your City Your Way Initiative
May 2011 - Letter to Residents
Your City Your Way, January 2011 - Results
During these meetings, residents heard a presentation from City Manager Elizabeth N. Fretwell on topics that included city finances, redevelopment and an update on progress with the city’s top priorities. Participants also participated in small-group discussions.
Budget Update - March 2010
The Your City Your Way Initiative - Results
Below you will find information on the methods used during this process and the results of those efforts.
As a result of this initiative:
To successfully engage the citizens, we partnered with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Department of Sociology to help facilitate the focus panels and record data at the town hall meetings. To reach out to those who could not participate, KNPR will aired edited versions of the focus panels and town hall meetings.
The Cannon Survey Center presented the City Council with the results of the Community Survey in October and we expect that the Department of Sociology will present the results of the focus panels and town hall meetings to the City Council in March 2010. At that point, the city manager will be able to use the data to make some recommendations to the City Council supported by meaningful data from the community.
The city of Las Vegas is going through extraordinary and challenging times as is nearly every other city, county and state government. The city of Las Vegas has done a great deal to ensure the budget is balanced while critical city services are maintained.
The future of the organization is dependent upon the choices this City Council makes today. Fewer resources and greater demands mean that this City Council will have to make some very difficult decisions. Your feedback, through the Your City Your Way Initiative, will be used as a tool to help the Las Vegas City Council make the decisions that are right for this community at this time, as well as, prepare the organization for the needs of future generations.
Your participation and engagement in the City Council’s decision making process is critical. I truly appreciate your time and energy in making this city the greatest city in the world. In the end, each of us is responsible to make this city enduring and special. Your actions today through participation in the survey, focus groups and/or town hall meetings will help us fill our end of the agreement by telling us what you expect. Please take the time to complete the survey. I also encourage you to participate in the town hall meetings closest to your home.
Fundamental Service Review
Update - City Manager Betsy Fretwell recently presented to the City Council an expedited action plan to address a $400 million deficit over 5 years. Watch the presentation.
In March 2009, the City Council directed the city manager to conduct a fundamental review of all city programs and services to ensure they were consistent with the expectations of the City Council. Since that time period, the management team has been reviewing every department and making adjustments through organizational efficiencies, organizational restructuring and strategic service changes. Since October, when the council accepted the recommendations of the city manager, the city has saved or deferred nearly $5 million and eliminated over 300 positions.
The review of programs and services is an ongoing effort and we are now working on the second phase of the review. It is projected that the city will have a more than $400 million budget shortfall over the next five years and we are working hard to make sure that critical city services are maintained in a manner that is acceptable to the citizens we serve. The city manager has provided three guiding principles for the review that are considered in every action taken. Those guiding principles include:
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