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Mayor Bill Foster hosts second budget summit on Wednesday

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St. Petersburg residents are strongly encouraged to attend the next public budget summit Wednesday, May 19, to suggest ideas to reduce the city’s FY 2011 bottom line. This is the second of three public budget summits put on by the city and will be held at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 – 18th Ave. S. at 6 p.m.

“We are giving our citizens every opportunity to share their ideas as we move through the budget process.  We must have citizen input as we prioritize our needs versus wants, while maintaining a high level of quality service in our community,” said Mayor Bill Foster.

The city is facing a $12-14 million general fund shortfall next year and residents could see decreases or elimination of city services as city officials attempt to trim expenses.  At each summit, residents will hear remarks from Mayor Foster and be briefed on the current state of the budget and economic challenges faced by the city.  As the FY2011 spending plan develops, more detailed information about the budget will be released at each summit. The final opportunity for residents to comment on the 2011 budget will be Wednesday, June 23, at City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N, at 6 p.m.  Mayor Foster is expected to make a budget recommendation to City Council by July 1 with final passage in September.

For more information about the budget summits, visit or contact the City Clerk at 893-7448.

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