The City of Stevens Point Comptroller-Treasurer’s Office is having a photo contest, with the winning photo going on the front cover of the annual budget book. The public is invited to submit photos taken around the City.
Last year, the budget format was changed to include more information than just numbers, such as descriptions of the services that each City department provides, in order to more clearly illustrate what taxpayers are actually getting for their money. Now, we are working to incorporate actual pictures from the City into the budget book. Deputy Comptroller-Treasurer Carrie Freeberg says, “I decided that adding pictures to the budget would show pride in our City, and also help dress it up a little.” She stated that last year, the budget cover was a photo of the pond and fountain by the Arts Center along the river.
Comptroller-Treasurer Corey Ladick stated that he hopes the contest will drive more citizen engagement and interest in the budget process, and spice up an otherwise bland document.
Freeberg is hoping to get a variety of pictures and ultimately pick a few that can be incorporated into the 2020 Budget Book. She stated she would like this to be an annual occurrence so she encourages people to send pictures throughout the year. These pictures can be of landmarks, people enjoying a community amenity, etc. The deadline for this year’s contest will be October 11, 2019, which Freeberg said is necessary in order to have time to incorporate them into the budget.
Please send the high-quality photos in portrait (vertical) orientation, rather than landscape, to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you submit a photo with people in it, it is your obligation to get the permission of those people before submitting the photo. Please include your name, address, phone number, and where the picture was taken. The person whose photograph is chosen to be used for the cover will receive a City logo sweatshirt and their name as a credit on the photo.