Thanks to the recession, lower home values (= lower property taxes) and public spending has created a giant hole in my city's budget. For 2011 alone, Austin is expected to have a budget deficit of $11 million to $28 million! Obviously, cuts need to be made and my local government has come up with an interesting way of gathering feedback on where to slash the budget.
They've created a community forum that even the busiest can attend... online:
Involved citizens could add their say into the city budget by casting "votes" towards the potential service reductions and additions that are most important to them.