Financial planning committee seeks residents’ priorities from their Marco city government

A common question among city officials when addressing budget priorities has been, what are Islanders’ priorities for city services? The city's financial planning committee seeks residents’ priorities from their city government at their next meeting, Tuesday.

Since City Manager Steve Thompson’s early days on Marco, beginning in the summer 2008, he has said that answering that question would offer crucial direction to city government. Since then, City Council set honing in on the community’s priorities as among their top objectives at their annual goal-setting session Jan. 16.

“In preparation for the public meeting that the financial advisory committee is planning for March 23, the departments will be presenting the top ten lists of services provided to the community. This will allow dialogue with the public to identify which services they value the most,” said City Clerk Laura Litzan.

Litzan will be leading the presentation of the top ten services in each department to kick-off this community discussion.

Public information manager Lisa Douglass will lead a discussion on an upcoming public workshop on financial planning and priorities.

Council and Committee Chairman Bill Trotter will then discuss the path forward for 2010 financial planning. The committee is scheduled to meet 1 p.m., Tuesday, in the first floor conference room of City Hall, 50 Bald Eagle Drive.

What do you think the top 10 city service priorities should include and why? Go to yourmarco.com or contact content editor Kelly Farrell, kfarrell@marconews.com, 213-5335

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