Goldsboro residents may soon get to see how their tax dollars are being spent by participating in the City of Goldsboro’s 2022 Citizen’s Academy.

The city is accepting applications for its upcoming Citizen’s Academy, which will include eight sessions starting Jan. 13 and concluding on March 3.

“The city of Goldsboro Citizen’s Academy is a interactive and educational program designed to enlighten residents about the city’s history and governmental process to improve and enhance communication with residents,” said Octavius Murphy, Goldsboro assistant to the city manager in a recent Goldsboro City Council presentation.

Murphy said participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at city services and the employees who provide the services each day.

“The program is designed to give participants knowledge of how city government works, how it impacts their daily lives and to create informed and knowledgeable ambassadors for the city,” Murphy said.

He said that in 2020, city staff mapped out a process to deliver the academy but the pandemic thwarted plans. The city previously offered a similar academy more than five years ago, said LaToya Henry, Goldsboro public information officer.

The eight-week course features presentations from each city department, Henry said.

Henry said the Citizen’s Academy was established to create opportunities for residents to participate and learn more about the operation of city government.

“This program also serves as an excellent primer for residents interested in serving on city boards and commissions or as an elected official,” Henry said.

The sessions will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays and the final session will include a graduation ceremony.

Applications are available online at goldsboronc.gov or at City Hall, 200 N. Center St. Completed paper applications must be received or postmarked by Friday, Oct. 29.

Mayor David Ham lauded the program during a recent council meeting.

“This is a valuable opportunity for some of our citizens to take part in a very good learning process about the inner workings of this city and really get an appreciation of how things happen and I’m glad to see it started up again,” Ham said.

Murphy said the 2022 class will have 20 participants with 16 being city residents and four being Wayne County residents.

Each of the city’s five districts will have a maximum of three participants and their applications will be reviewed by seven people, three of whom are Murphy, Henry and Felicia Williams, the city’s interim community relations director.

The other four people on the selection committee will be alumni of the city’s previous citizen’s academies.

Henry said the cost to put on the program will be minimal but did not provide the actual cost.