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Event Lets Community Help Plan Missoula 2015 Budget

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For the first time in Missoula's history, city council is using a game event to help it design the 2015 fiscal year budget. The budget game is designed to let the community give city council its ideas using a game format.

Participants will sit at tables with fake money and decide how to spend it using a list of areas to enhance, and a list of priorities for reductions and savings.

City council woman, Caitlin Copple, came up with the idea after she saw a lack of people showing up to the city's budget meetings. She said the same event has been held in other cities across the nation to help them plan a budget.

"We have six weeks of open hearings for the budget and nobody shows up, so I feel like the budget is the highest expression of our values as a community. The budget is important and people deserve to have a say in what's happening," Copple said.

The event is being held on February 11 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the University Ballroom. It is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

To find out how you can register visit the Missoula Budget Game online.

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