FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Albany County Launches Online Budget Survey
Process Provides Resident
Input on 2014 Budget
As Albany County continues to face fiscal challenges, crafting the 2014 county budget is goingto be a difficult process. In an effort to open the process and engage the public in formulatingthe budget, Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today announced that the county islaunching an innovative way for residents to be directly involved in the development of the 2014county budget through the use of an online survey.County Executive McCoy said the survey will enable county residents to provide input on countygovernment programs and services they value most. The survey also provides an opportunityfor county residents to better understand how the county budget works and the timelinesinvolved.
We have made a lot of progress in getting our finances in shape and as we face difficultdecisions ahead we want to open the process and hear from residents
,” McCoy said. “
Thissurvey is a good way to provide an open and transparent budget process so that residents canparticipate in the process. It will also serve as a tool to educate the public about the budgetprocess and will assist my administration in determining the services residents want.
The 11-page survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. The survey includesinformation on the programs and services the county provides and how their tax dollars arespent to provide those services. It also takes residents through the budget development processand timeline.
The remainder of the survey focuses on the county’s major service cost sectors with programs
and services components broken out and asks residents to indicate their level of support for each of these areas. Respondents are also asked to share their opinion on whether or not aparticular service should be eliminated, reduced or if they are willing to see an increase inproperty taxes to support it.The budget survey is available on the county website at www.albanycounty.com.