Report of the Braddock District Citizen Budget Review Committee &
Braddock Citizens Weigh in on County Budget
Report of the Braddock District Citizen Budget Review Committee & Budget Survey Results from the Braddock Beacon
This year I joined some of my colleagues who have established citizen budget committees, and set up the Braddock Budget Advisory Council. The council was open to all, and I did not recruit its members (except the Chairman), nor did I establish for it any preconceived agenda or goals. Instead, the Council was self-selected and free to adopt its own goals, procedures and findings. I was greatly encouraged by the amount of interest in such a committee and am pleased to say that more than 30 residents of the Braddock District offered their time and talents to it.
The council met monthly and heard from a variety of experts, including County and FCPS budget staff and former Congressman and Board Chair Tom Davis. Unlike other citizen review committees, this one decided not to strive for unanimity or consensus and instead set out to offer a variety of suggestions for our consideration. To meet this objective they formed three subcommittees, and each prepared a report, a menu of individual recommendations. The final report of the Council, which I have attached, includes the subcommittee reports as well as an executive summary. I neither endorse nor reject the recommendations therein, but I do commend it to you for your consideration. It is the product of hard work by our citizens, and it offers some valuable insights into our county government and its processes.
I’d like to thank the committee’s chairman, Chris Craig, for his leadership in this endeavor. I’d also like to thank all those who participated for their hard work and dedication.
Additionally, in the January edition of my monthly newsletter we posed to our readers several questions on the County Budget in an effort to help assess available options. More than 100 Braddock residents responded and I include the results of the survey in this Board Matter. While our survey was not scientific, the results are consistent with the anecdotal comments I hear as I travel the district, and demonstrates that our citizens, like our Board members, have a variety of views on our county budget.
Madame Chairman, I ask that the Braddock District Citizens Budget Advisory Council Report and the results of my newsletter survey be forwarded to the County Executive for his information as he prepares the Advertised Budget and that the Office of Public Affairs publicize these reports.