Once these two pieces of legislation are considered and approved, there are still several weeks of opportunity for input and feedback on the final 2023 budget as it is refined and finalized before a 2023 Original Appropriation legislation is brought forward. The Annual Appropriation Schedule includes a notice for a Public Hearing in the Dayton daily News, a Public Hearing at the City Commission Meeting (typically in late January), publishing the Annual Appropriation in the Dayton Daily News in early February with a first and second reading of the Appropriation Ordinance at two separate mid-February City Commission Meetings.
The City also facilitates an annual resident public opinion survey seeking feedback and gauging resident satisfaction. This information also helps inform priorities, identify key metric for program evaluation, and inform the budget process. Lastly, the City takes pride in its efforts to ensure fiscal transparency and has been maintaining and updating an online financial dashboard, Dayton Open Data, since the end of 2015. This web-based portal provides access to the City’s revenue and expenditure data at the global level down to the line-item level and is another tool available to residents so they can gain a better understanding of the City budget and operations and continue to engage with us and provide feedback and input on priorities and desired outcomes in the community.
Shelley Dickstein is the Dayton City Manager.