It’s out! A fun interview with Eric Jackson of DemocracyApps and Tony McDowell of the City of Asheville about the Asheville budget app and the broader effort to make community budgets more accessible and to better engage citizens in the process. Reach out to us if you are interested in setting up a budget site … More GovLove Podcast on the Asheville Budget & DemocracyApps
Better late than never – the 2015-2016 proposed budget for the City of Asheville, NC is up at avlbudget.org. The site is similar to last year’s (which you can still find here), but with a few improvements: The year-over-year change chart on the What’s New? page has been updated and also has a table version … More Budget App 2.0 Has Launched!
At a February talk about the Asheville budget project, I mentioned that the Asheville Citizen-Times iframed the site in their online edition and that it had dramatically increased our reach into the community. During Q&A, Asheville CIO Jonathan Feldman asked if it might have led visitors to believe the site was created by the Citizen-Times … More Budget 2.0 – Building for Partnership
Local government budgets reflect a community’s values and priorities, or at least they are supposed to. Unfortunately, the barriers to citizens’ ability to understand the issues at stake and to participate in the public conversation can be daunting. Budgets are complex and traditional budget processes rarely work well to allow ordinary people to contribute in … More Introducing the Budget App 2.0