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January 6, 2004
Mayor and Council seek public input on 2004 budget
Mayor David Miller announced today that he is seeking input from the public
before the City of Toronto officially launches its 2004 budget process.

"I believe that the people of Toronto are ready and willing to participate in
the civic process. We'll engage in dialogue with Torontonians through community
and neighbourhood meetings, the City's Web site and the media throughout the
month of January," Miller said today.

"Listening to Toronto is our first step in bringing people from across the city
together so they can help shape Toronto's budget discussion. I will attend each
of the six sessions along with Budget Advisory Committee Chair Soknacki and
members of Council. We want to hear what the people have to say, " Miller said.

Listening to Toronto is a series of six public sessions where participants can
share views and discuss issues in small groups. They will be given three
questions to consider:

What makes Toronto great?
What challenges are we facing?
What advice would you offer the City as it considers its 2004 budget?

Sessions run from January 17 - 22 in the north, south, east and west areas of
the city.

To attend, participants must register in advance. Advertisements in local
papers this week detail how to register and session locations. Telephone
registration opens tomorrow, Wednesday, January 7. Call Access Toronto at

Participants in Listening to Toronto will receive a summary of their input,
which will be incorporated in the Mayor's report with the Budget presentation
on January 30.In February, the public can also comment on the details of the
2004 proposed budget by making presentations (deputations) to the standing
committees of Council.

People who cannot attend a Listening to Toronto session but wish to respond to
the session questions can do so via e-mail, beginning January 7.

More information is available on the City's Web site

Media Contact
Andrea Addario
Communications, Mayor's Office

Linda Robinson
Corporate Communications



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