What does this mean? Nothing definitive, but here are some thoughts:
- The promised tool kit/talking points to be prepared by the Mayor's Office on Budget and Finance, were not given to agencies.
- Some agencies and staff do not have robust lists of advocates or interested parties, thus making it hard to invite the community to a meeting.
- This is a complete shift from prior administration, where agency/community access and especially messaging were controlled. It appears that neither the government nor the public have adjusted to this new openness.
I'm not sure what my takeaway is. But I can tell you what it's not: That the community had their input restricted; members of the public can, at any time, go to agencies and the mayor's budget office with ideas.