How Can I Participate in the County Budget?
There are a number of ways you can learn more about the county budget and get involved in the development process. Look through the options below to find what works best for you.
Contact the Board of County Commissioners
If you have questions or comments, you can send those to the commissioners who will bring them to the budget staff during the budget development process. Email the commissioners or use the contact us online form on the Board of County Commissioners’ Contact Us web page.
Town Hall Meetings
Telephone town halls are one tool the county uses to provide updates to constituents on important county business, including the budget. This is a popular way for the commissioners to reach out and stay in touch with thousands of Jefferson County residents. See the Board of County Commissioners Town Hall page for more details on upcoming town hall meetings.
Strategic Plan for Jefferson County
A strategic plan serves to set priorities, focus energy and resources, and ensures we are working toward common goals for the betterment of the county. This plan also keeps the county accountable for measurable outcomes and results. We will track progress so we can adapt our direction in response to ever-changing environments. See more on our countywide strategic plan, which will help to inform the budget process.
Budget Advisory Committee
The Budget Advisory Committee’s purpose is to review and make recommendations regarding:
- County budgetary and fiscal goals as to whether they reflect the expectations and priorities of the Jefferson County community.
- Budgetary planning documents, major capital project schedules, and ad hoc committee efforts, to ensure they align with the County's strategic planning process.
Proposed Budget and Budget Adoption Hearings
The County Manager’s proposed annual budget is presented in public hearing, first in early October, then again in mid-November for adoption. The public is encouraged to attend these sessions to offer any comments or feedback on the proposed budget. See the Meetings & Agendas webpage for dates and times for upcoming public hearings.
OpenGov Financial Transparency Portal
Take a look at the OpenGov Financial Transparency Portal, which provides you, the county’s stakeholders, a transparent view of how your funds are invested in the delivery of outstanding public programs and services. The OpenGov Financial Transparency Portal provides a one-stop shop for your financial data needs and includes data analysis/graphing functionality.