Hopewell Township is working on providing two new informational tools designed to get the public more involved in municipal budgeting and other issues.

One of these tools, a budget allocator, would ask for public feedback about budget-related items, said Mayor Vanessa Sandom.

The other is a social media tool to keep folks informed about important issues, like the pipeline.

To the best of my knowledge, the budget tool is the first in the state and pretty much unique in the US The social media tool is akin to Facebook so not as unique, though I dont know how many towns use some type of interactive social media tool.

I had to go to Australia to find them. They werent available in the US. It so happened that the Australian company (Shape Your City) wanted to launch in the US, so theyre providing these tools to us free of charge.