MISSOULA, MT — Starting in January, Missoula residents can peer behind the curtain of city government thanks to a new program.
The program was conceived by a pair of city council members and the office of Neighborhood Councils.
Similarly, The Local Government Citizens Academy is based on a similar program run by the Missoula Police Department.
Participants must apply to be included in the next 8-week academy class at the office of neighborhood councils.
After that, sessions will be held Tuesday evenings for eight weeks, Jan. 15 through March 5, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Topics will include:
• How can I get involved in Neighborhood Councils and Missoula County Public Schools?
• How do the three branches of government work?
• How the Police and Fire Departments work to keep us safe?
• How do Missoula Parks and Recreation and Housing and Community Development serve our community?
• Where does our water come from and where does it go? How do we take care of our streets?
• What are the City’s present and upcoming development projects?
• What does the County do differently than the City? What are our joint ventures?
• What about City taxes?