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The issue on the table – how can we have a better grasp of our local government’s financials?
Questions to Consider
- Are the currently available public budgets easy to understand?
- How detailed should public budget documents be?
- How best can taxpayers share their input?
- What expert analysis should accompany a public budget document?
- What other concerns should we be talking about around this?
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