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Workshop highlights transparency in Chico city government

Approximately two dozen attended a community budget workshop inside the Old Municipal Building on Main Street Thursday morning.

The idea is to give Chico residents more transparency into where and how the city receives its money, as well as how it decides to spend it.

In order to make what can oftentimes be a mundane topic more interesting, Scott Dowell, the city's administrative services director, was equipped with video, power points and ways in which to have interaction with those in attendance.

A business owner attended because she "loves" Chico and wants what's best for the city.

"Well, it may be boring," said Kim Schaffer. "But it's kind of the essence of what we need to be talking about, and how our resources are being allocated."

The next community workshop won't be for another two years.

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