Des Moines City Leaders Launching Social Media Campaign to Discuss Budgets

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DES MOINES, Iowa — For the first time city leaders are using  social media platforms to discuss budget planning.

The #SpeakUpDSM is a budget planning campaign to inform residents on the budget process while gathering feed back on their priorities.

On Tuesday, residents will be able to voice their opinion on the city’s public safety budget which makes up more than 60 -percent of the city’s overall funds. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6pm at the Des Moines Police Academy, 433 E. Army Post Road.

To take part, residents can attend the meeting, watch live on Facebook or on Mediacom Channel 7, fill out an online survey or tweet using #SpeakUpDSM. People are also asked to download the app “Poll Everywhere” and use the username: dmgov1.

Shekinah Young, a spokesperson for the City of Des Moines, says the meeting is a two – pronged approach. “It will help the city realize what’s important to its residents while helping residents better understand cost prioritizing,” she says.

Last month a similar meeting was held to discuss the community enrichment budget plan such as parks and recreation, library series and Human and Civil Rights.

Other upcoming budget meetings include:

November 9: Community development, engineering, public works.

November 29: Capital improvement program review.

December 12: Total budget review.

January 31: Final budget review with proposed changes.

All meetings are scheduled to begin at 6pm.