Fill out the City of Peterborough’s 2022 Budget Consultation Survey
We hope that everyone is still well and staying strong, even as the pandemic continues to stretch on and lockdowns get extended. Please feel free to reach out to EC3 if you need to talk or want advice on specific projects or initiatives.
THIS IS A SHORT BULLETIN WITH A SIMPLE, BUT URGENT REQUEST.
The public consultation process for the City of Peterborough’s 2022 budget is in full swing and there is an important survey, the 2022 Community Priorities Survey, that citizens can fill out to indicate what spending priorities matter to them. This survey has a deadline of this Thursday, April 22. It does not seem to circulating well through Facebook pages in the arts sector, so we are reaching out to you directly to fill out the survey yourself, and get it out to your board members, memberships and audiences too if you can, with a request for them to fill it out.
Last year, spending money on arts, culture and heritage was pretty much at the bottom of the budget priority list in this important survey and the results were published widely in the media. As a community, we need City staff and Councillors to hear loud and clear that municipal funding for our organizations matters and that the arts are essential to our communities’ health and wellbeing. Completing this survey is a crucial step.
If they don’t hear from us, we cannot assume that arts funding will be secure in the 2022 budget, or that Community Investments and Project Grants budgets, Service Grants budgets or Public Art budgets will be secure in 2022.
Take part in this democratic process. It matters and so do the arts. Please fill out the City of Peterborough’s 2022 Community Priorities Survey.
This survey is the first step along the City’s 2022 Budget process, as City Councillors and staff gather community feedback that will guide funding decisions next year.
The city budget is always important, but 2022 will be especially crucial for our sector, as the pandemic enters a new phase: recovery and rebuilding. There will be essential decisions to be made in the coming year about how we use our money, who and what receives support and, ultimately, what we want our city to look like when all this is over. We encourage everyone to participate and make your voice heard.
You can find the survey HERE. Please fill it out by Thursday, April 22.
If you are interested in participating further, the City is hosting a virtual Budget Roadshow consultation session this Wednesday, April 21 at 7pm. This is an opportunity to speak directly with City Councillors and staff about what’s important to you in the city and in the budget process. Details HERE.