Thursday August 28, 2014

City encourages use of social media in budget sessions

City hall is hoping to keep its social media momentum going as public meetings on the budget continue.

Last week's meeting on parks, recreation and cultural services was live-streamed with an online chat room and discussed on Twitter with the hashtag #kamloopsbudget.

"The new online presence garnered positive comments from media, citizens and other municipalities," according to a press release from the City Kamloops.

"The objective of using social media was to create additional awareness about the budget process and engage a younger and more diverse audience. The first budget meeting proved to be a good start."

A Daily News online survey, however, shows only slim support for the City's social media efforts. Support as of Monday morning stood at 57 per cent.

A budget meeting on public works takes place Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Parkside Lounge at Interior Savings Centre. The last meeting, on community safety and development and engineering services takes place on Feb. 5 — same time, same place.

Final deliberations by council will be at Kamloops City Hall on April 9 at 9 a.m. This meeting will determine the final tax rate for 2013.

For more information, visit the City's budget web page.

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