BY BRANDON GARSIDE
On Tuesday, May 5, the City Council received the Mayor’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021. Now is the time when the council members carefully review the proposed budget for every department within the city before adopting the final budget at the end of June.
There’s no denying that our local economy, and in turn the city budget, has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Even so, the council is committed to ensuring the needs of Ogden residents are met. Implementation of the Five-Year Strategic Plan may be slowed in the upcoming fiscal year, but the plan remains as the council’s guide for many budgetary decisions.
“This budget season certainly has its challenges,” Council Chair Angela Choberka said. “But we as a council are committed to working with the administration to keep Ogden functioning in such a way that expectations are met.”
The proper and efficient use of your tax dollars, which make up about 60% of the city’s budget, is of the utmost importance to the council. Residents will have the opportunity to personally address the council regarding specific items within the budget in public hearings, which are tentatively scheduled for June 2, 9, and 23.
As always, the council welcomes questions on the budget or any topic at any time by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or calling the Council Office at 801-629-8153. Correspondence received through these channels is forwarded directly to Council Members.
Throughout the budget process, the Council will provide updates on their website at ogdencity.com/citycouncil, social media, and email distribution list. To be added to the list, just send an email to email@example.com.