Metro to host Telephone Town Hall on agency budget on Oct. 5

Metro will host a live, interactive Telephone Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 5 to discuss the agency’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget process and solicit feedback from the public on how Metro should prioritize its spending. The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The town hall will feature Metro Board Member and Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who is chair of Metro’s Finance, Budget and Audit Committee.

Metro is kicking off its Fiscal Year 2023 Budget process early this year to give the public a more meaningful and authentic opportunity to engage and provide input on how its tax dollars should be spent. Metro intends to put equity first and foremost as it plans next year’s budget. Staff will explain how the process works and ways the public can meaningfully participate throughout. Staff also intends to record and report back on community feedback later in the process, along with highlighting how they integrated that feedback into the budget process.

The Telephone Town Hall will also include an option for participants to provide input through real-time polls in their designated language.

Participants can register in advance for the Telephone Town Hall here.

Participants can also call in on the day of the meeting at the following numbers:

  • English: On the day of the meeting, the toll-free call-in number is 888-400-1932
  • Spanish: On the day of the meeting, the toll-free call-in number is 888-400-9342

Those who want to participate through their computers can do so using this link.

Metro’s budget represents a one-year snapshot that identifies the priorities, programs and initiatives the agency will be pursuing in the year ahead. This begins with the Office of Management of Budget forecasting and estimating the resources available for the coming year, which is followed by an extensive schedule of outreach activities planned with key stakeholder groups, customers and the public. The Budget process will wrap up with a legally required public hearing in May, followed by adoption of the budget a week later during the Metro Board of Directors’ May 2022 meeting.