Comptroller-Treasurer’s Office would like to announce it will, once again, be having a photo contest, with the winning photo going on the front cover of the annual budget book. They are inviting the public to submit photos taken from around the City.
Deputy Comptroller-Treasurer Carrie Freeberg stated a few years ago the budget format was changed to include more information beyond just numbers, such as the services that each City department provides, in order to more clearly illustrate what taxpayers are actually getting for their money. Since we had such a good turnout last year, we decided to do it again. “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, Courtney Milkowski won the contest with her picture of a sunset over 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 to go through and ultimately pick a few that can be incorporated into the 2021 Budget Book. She stated she would like this to be continued year after year 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 9, 2020, 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 email@example.com. The photo that is chosen to be used for the cover will receive a City logo sweatshirt, along with their name as a credit on the photo.