In 1997, the Austin City Council created a Citizen Bond Advisory Committee (the committee) of local activists before its upcoming 1998 bond election.
City officials give much of the credit to the Citizen Bond Advisory Committee for not only seeking taxpayer input, but also creating the public support necessary for the impressive 100 percent passage of the bond package.
Interviews were conducted with the superintendent, a member of the citizen bond
promotion committee, a newspaper editor, and a banker from four Iowa school districts that held school bond elections in their communities between 1994 and 1998.
The Citizen Bond
program was thereby an unqualified success
By fostering this engagement, smart cities here could further strengthen citizen bonds
, allowing citizens and residents to influence decisions and make the cities more liveable, affordable, and sustainable by voicing their opinions through social media tools that are easily and widely accessible to everyone.