Jan. 27 is last chance to comment on Phoenix’s proposed 2009-10 budget

The city of Phoenix is in the process of preparing its 2009-10 budget, which will include reductions to city programs and services of more than $162 million.  Residents are invited to attend community hearings to discuss the proposed budget before final decisions are made.  There also will be a special hearing for seniors.

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 13, and continuing through Tuesday, Jan. 27, the City Council and staff from the City Manager’s Office and the Budget and Research Department will conduct 14 budget hearings at various times and locations throughout the community.  At the hearings, residents will have an opportunity to comment and make suggestions.  Council members and city staff will answer questions and talk about specific district issues.  This public discussion is among the reasons the city’s budget so closely matches the community’s highest priorities each fiscal year.  Residents can view details of the proposed budget and submit comments online or by calling 602-262-4800.

After the community’s review, the mayor and City Council will approve a budget-balancing plan on Tuesday, Feb. 3.  The approved plan will take effect on March 2, 2009.

District 2
6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27
Paradise Valley Community Center Multi-purpose Room
17402 N. 40th St.

District 7
6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27
Encanto Park Clubhouse Ballroom
2605 N. 15th Ave.

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