2015 is a budget year for Oakland. (The budget will be for 2015-2017.) There is a lot going on including cool civic engagement. Add stuff here. 

Ways to get involved are detailed below, but you can also:

On Tuesday, June 30, the Oakland City Council approved a $2.4 billion two-year budget for fiscal years 2015-2017. The budget closes an estimated $18 million annual funding gap without making any cuts to City services or staffing levels. The adopted budget includes funding for 40 new police officers, $1 million to fund new Special Investigations to reduce gun violence and $617,000 to create a new Race and Equity Department and equity agenda. Following the release of a proposed budget by Mayor Libby Schaaf on April 30, a series of Community Budget Forums were held to gather input from Oakland residents and business owners. For those who were unable to attend one of the forums additional engagement options allowed the public to provide input by email, phone, online or mail. Council President Gibson McElhaney proposed the final budget amendments, which were developed through careful analysis of Mayor Schaaf’s proposal, as well as enhancements proposed by members of the public and fellow City Councilmembers. To view information on the budget engagement process, including fact sheets, informational videos and rosters of forums and Budget Hearings, please visit www.oaklandnet.com/15-17budget. To learn some of the key highlights of the adopted budget, please read the media release at http://www2.oaklandnet.com/w/oak053848.


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