Toronto deserves a better budget. The process to determine how the City of Toronto spends public money is often difficult to understand, short-termist, and narrowly focused on bean counting. Too often, public conversation about our city’s budget devolves into a polarized, heated, and uninspiring debate about tax hikes versus service cuts. This obscures the genuine possibility of articulating a civic vision, setting clear goals, and sparking a thoughtful conversation about how and where public dollars are spent.
Better Budget Day aims to bring together individuals and groups from a diverse set of backgrounds – technology & open data, public policy, and community engagement – to work toward a better budget process. We hope the day will build civic capacity to improve Toronto’s budget process and identify and refine solutions that we can carry forward into the policy and political processes.
Please join us on Saturday, Oct. 19th, 2013, at CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst St, from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
The day will include info about Toronto’s budget process, presentations about ideas from other jurisdictions, and pitches to develop solutions tailored to Toronto. Most importantly, we will have a hack-a-thon-inspired session of facilitated problem solving.
Mark your calendars! Registration information to come. Email us at info <at> betterbudget.ca if you have ideas or want to propose an idea to be workshopped.
Better Budget Day is brought to you by Better Budget TO and The Wellesley Institute.