Options for public testimony for upcoming budget meeting

Posted at 11:42 AM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 16:29:13-04

BOISE, Idaho — Mayor McLean and the Boise City Council will host a public hearing on the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year on July 21. The hearing will happen at the regularly scheduled council meeting at 6 p.m.

This public hearing allows residents to provide feedback to the mayor and city council members. The meeting will be hosted in a hybrid setting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing for in-person and virtual attendance and testimony. Due to limited capacity in the Maryanne Jordan Council Chambers, members of the public are encouraged to watch via livestream.

It is encouraged to sign up in advance if you want to provide public testimony virtually. By signing up, you will receive an invitation to join the meeting. You can find a link to sign up on the City of Boise website.

Virtual testimony is done through the Zoom platform. A moderator will let you know when it is your turn to testify, and you will have three minutes. More details can be found by clicking here.

If you cannot sign up in advance, you can join the Zoom meeting through this link. Anyone who wishes to testify will be invited to raise their hand on Zoom to be permitted to speak.

A reduced number of people will be allowed inside the city council chambers during the meeting. If the room reaches capacity, members of the public will be asked to wait outside and will be called in to testify individually. The public will be asked to leave after they have provided their testimony so others can come in and provide testimony.

Entrance into City Hall for this meeting will be through the Main Street doors and will be first-come, first-served. Residents who want to provide testimony in-person will sign up when arriving at Boise City Hall. Each person will be given three minutes to testify. Members of the public are asked to wear face coverings when coming inside the building.

If you are unable to attend the budget hearing on July 21, you can still submit your feedback online or by calling (208) 608-7000 by noon on July 20 for your comments to be included in the record. This deadline is provided to allow the mayor and council members to review all feedback before the public hearing.

Members of the public who have additional questions or concerns about the upcoming budget hearing can contact (208) 608-7002.