As the finalization for the 2017 budget comes closer, we've realized that our campaign would fare much better if we decided to take another year to strengthen our proposal and build community support. In light of this, we wanted to share our updated timeline and goals for the fall of 2016 and our broader plan for 2017.
Fall 2016 Timeline
In the coming months, the majority of our focus will be on outreach. Without community support, there can be no PB. In the past, our outreach has been mostly door-knocking, which we plan on continuing, but we also want to branch out and add more diversity to our methods. We will be tabling at various events and locations, reaching out to students, and will be more active in our online presence. We are also doing outreach via various media outlets, such as this interview on WRFI Community Radio.
The other major aspect of our campaign is going to be looking into the past city budgets and finding areas that could possibly go to fund PB. We have already spent a significant amount of time doing this, and are in the process of collecting information for a proposal for implementing PB in the 2018 Ithaca city budget. We have presented our timeline at the common council meeting on October 5th, and are hoping to meet with Mayor Myrick to discuss our plans for PB.
Our timeline for the 2017 year is very similar to our fall timeline. Our two major focuses will be, again, outreach and building our budget proposal. We hope to host another, and possibly multiple, community forums this spring/summer in the south side and/or in west hill. During the summer, we will shift more towards finalizing and revising our budget proposal for 2018, and a major block of our time will be spent canvassing.
How You Can Help
At our public forum in August, there was a question about how people interested in PB can get involved and support our campaign. Of course, you can show your support by registering to vote in PB and liking and sharing our Facebook page, but we wanted a more detailed list for those interested in volunteering to help our campaign. That's why we created this survey! If you want to contribute to our campaign, just fill it out and we'll get back to you ASAP. Thank you for your support!