SEMINOLE - Citizens participated in the Pinellas County 2014 Budget Community Forum April 10, asking questions at the open house, through the eTownHall blog, through Twitter and by phone as county commissioners and the county administrator discussed budget-related issues as part of a panel that was moderated by Bay News 9’s senior anchor Al Ruechel.
The eTownHall, held in the Digitorium on the St. Petersburg College’s Seminole campus, followed an open house at which residents met county commissioners and the county administrator to discuss budget issues and share their vision for the future. The participants included students from St. Petersburg College, members of Youth Advisory Committee and students of Pinellas Citizen University.
“This has been a great opportunity for our citizens to meet county commissioners and the county administrator and talk about the issues,” said Tim Closterman, director of Pinellas County Communications. “In addition, the online portion of the event gave those who weren’t able to attend a chance to participate. This interaction is a great tool for the county commissioners as they look at the 2014 budget and strategies for the future of the county.”
The Community Forum was held in partnership with the Seminole campus of St. Petersburg College. In addition to the live streaming video on the website, the panel discussion was aired on the county’s cable channel, PCC-TV, and St. Petersburg’s cable channel, WSPF-TV.