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St. Pete budget forum coming up
St. Pete budget forum coming up

St. Petersburg, Florida -- St. Petersburg residents have one more opportunity to share suggestions aimed at reducing the city's FY14 budget shortfall during a third city-sponsored public budget forum Wednesday, June 12.

The city is facing an estimated $2.8 million shortfall for FY14, significantly less than the $4.3 million city leaders had anticipated. City officials point toward higher than expected growth in property values as the reason for the decrease. Since 2010, Mayor Foster and City Council have asked for citizen input as they prepare the city's annual spending plan.

During budget forums in April and May this year, more than 200 people turned out to offer suggestions as city leaders began prioritizing the city's needs vs. wants to avoid drastic reductions in services. Mayor Foster is expected to submit his budget proposal, including the millage rate, to City Council in July. City Council will consider the final budget, tax rate and Capital Improvement Program in September.

The forum will be at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S., at 6 p.m.

For more information, visit www.stpete.org/budget.

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