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Community Conversation on Fiscal Sustainability
Community Conversation on Fiscal Sustainability

North Port, Florida -- Local residents are encouraged to engage in dialog about the City's financial health. 

The City of North Port will be hosting a series of conversational meetings, called "Community Conversation on Fiscal Sustainability," at the end of march and early April to open dialog and exchanged ideas regards to the coming fiscal year.

“As the City begins the process to build its budget for Fiscal Year 2014, we are proud and confident in our community and our future, yet we continue to face significant economic challenges,” City Manager Jonathan Lewis said. “These community conversations offer a way to become informed through talking and listening to neighbors.”

Three identical sessions are being offered throughout the community. The dates, times, and locations are as follows:

  • Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at North Port Art Center, 5650 North Port Blvd.
  • Monday, April 1, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at Toledo Blade Elementary School’s cafeteria, 1201 Geranium Ave.
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the Department of Public Works, 1100 North Chamberlain Blvd. 

Each April, the City begins to build the budget for the following fiscal year, which runs from October 1 through September 30. This is the second consecutive year that the City has hosted three Community Conversations on Fiscal Sustainability. The program is designed to give residents an opportunity to talk about the City’s financial health before the process to create the budget begins, Lewis said. The feedback collected at the community conversation will help shape next year’s budget.

The meeting format will include a brief presentation on the City’s overall fiscal health and budget issues followed by an exercise in which City representatives will listen to what residents have to say on four key areas, including the City’s direction, economic health, services, and funding.