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A new survey asking citizens to evaluate the presentation and readability of the upcoming year’s budget document is now available.
The survey asks citizens how familiar they are with the budget documents, as well as how they feel about how the document is organized and laid out.
Citizens can also provide additional comments or suggestions for how the county can improve future budget documents.
The annual budget, which begins July 1 and runs until June 30, is compiled into a comprehensive paper binder and an electronic PDF and contains a budget overview as well as budget specifics about every department in the county.
It is prepared by the Division of Budget and Financial Reporting, who gathers budget requests from the county’s departments throughout the year.
“The county encourages public participation in the budget process,” said Stephanie Moss, the chief of budget and financial reporting, in a news release. “We want to know what our residents think about our document and whether the information is clear, concise and easy to find.”
In addition, citizen input is requested on the contents of the budget. This year’s proposed $133.4 million budget is currently being examined by the Board of Supervisors during a series of work sessions throughout the month of April, with one public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. April 23 in York Hall.
The Board of Supervisors will adopt the budget, which begins July 1, on May 5.
“We want your input,” said Supervisor Walt Zaremba during a March 17 board meeting in which Interim County Administrator Mark Carter unveiled the proposed budget. “It’s the citizens’ budget. The 67,000 or so people that live in York County.”
Citizens can find the proposed budget online or at the York County public libraries. Those wishing to give feedback can email the board at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 890-3220.
The survey can be found here.