The basis of any democratic government is its citizens. In the United States, the essence of democracy is embodied in the Constitution, which begins, “We the People. . . .” This wording establishes democracy as not only a right, but also a responsibility, and establishes the foundation for citizen involvement in governance. The right and responsibility of citizenship unfolds in many ways: citizen involvement in governance encompasses not only citizen participation (through mechanisms such as public hearings) but also citizen decision-making, information sharing, and voting. Citizen involvement is important for local governments worldwide because it increases legitimacy, efficiency, and accountability, and because it distributes the burden of good governance among all citizens, not just local government officials. The methods of citizen involvement range from dissemination . . . . [Click Headline to Read More]
At 6:30 pm on December 19, Borough Council will conduct a Public Hearing on the proposed 2019 Borough Budget. The Public Hearing will be followed by a Special Meeting to adopt a budget for 2019. The public is invited and encouraged to attend and participate. Please note the Borough rules for public participation.
At the regular December 3, 2018 meeting of Borough Council, Council adopted the following Code of Conduct for public participation at all Borough meetings. They became effective immediately: 1. Management of meetings will be under the direction of the presiding member of Borough Council. Any comments made by the public during the meeting will be for the benefit of Borough Council. 2. Persons to Be Heard shall be limited to three (3) to five (5) minutes per individual. Any additional time to make comments shall be at the discretion of the presiding member of Borough Council. 3. Public Participation shall be limited to one (1) to two (2) minutes per individual. Any additional time to make comments shall be at the discretion of the . . . . [Click Headline to Read More]
Mount Pocono Borough Council Regular Meeting Packet 12/3/2018