Houston Mayor Engages Residents Online to Close Budget Gap

Facing a $130MM budget deficit, Houston Mayor Annise Parker went to the web to engage residents with the “City of Houston Budget Balancer“.

The platform is a fairly straightforward series of sliding scales on individual expenditure and revenue raising line items. As decisions are made, results to the deficit are tracked by an overall budget deficit tracker.

The site is supported by a fairly detailed “Fiscal Responsibility” page on the Houston City website, providing background information on the Budget. While the participation page gives little information about the actual impact of the public’s decisions, it is an excellent civic education tool.

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