Learn More About Your Local Government
Have you every wondered how potholes are repaired, how the fire and police departments are able to respond so quickly to emergencies, how the City of Georgetown prepares its budget or decides where to build a new road, a park, or a new fire station?
The mission of the Georgetown Citizen Academy is to provide the citizens of Georgetown the opportunity to receive an in depth eucation about the services and operations provided by the City of Georgetown. The goal is that the participants will “graduate” with a greater understanding of municipal operations. Participants will learn about the relationship between the citizens, the City Council, its boards & commissions and the City administration. They will also learn how and why projects are undertaken and the manner in which services are provided, as well as receive an overview of the budget planning process, the development review process, the transportation planning process and many other responsibilities and functions of City government. Each class will be conducted by City staff and will provide an interactive learning experience through which presenters and prticipants learn from each other using case studies, site tours, group discussion, as well as hands‐on experience.
Goals of the Academy
- To educate the public on what their local government does for them.
- To improve and increase citizen awareness and interest in local government.
- To develop citizen understanding of their role in city government.
- To provide an opportunity for citizens to become involved in civic democracy and to see how tax dollars work to improve qualityof life for all residents.
- To provide an inside look at the operations of the City of Georgetown.
- To help identify issues and areas of concern for citizens to help develop/implement the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
- To encourage citizens to become involved in their local government.
- To demonstrate what is provided by the local property tax and utility rates.
Structure of the Academy
- Approximately twenty-five (25) students per class; additional classes may be scheduled depending on community interest.
- Nine (9) sessions, approximately 2½‐ hours each
- Attendance of one (1) additional Public Meeting
- Classes will be held on Thursday afternoons from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. beginning September 23, 2010 through December 9, 2010. Participants will hear from representatives of more than 20 city departments.
- Upon successful completion of the classes, a diploma will be presented by the Mayor and City Council at the January 11, 2011 City Council Meeting.
- The Georgetown Citizen Academy is free to the participants.
For more information about Citizen’s Academy, please feel free to contact the City Manager’s Office at (512) 930-3723 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You can view the supporting presentations online by visiting this link.