People’s Budget Review urging more citizen input into St. Pete fiscal process

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St. Petersburg is still seeking input from the public to set the priorities for the upcoming FY2013 budget shortfall. St. Petersburg residents are urged to come out and join Mayor Bill Foster and the City Council June 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Manhattan Casino.

The Mayor’s proposed FY2013 budget is expected by City Council early next month with the proposed millage rate set by the end of July. The City Council is scheduled to weigh in on the whole budget proposal package in September.

The city has benefitted from unprecedented public turnout and participation in these community meetings, so please do plan to attend as every voice is needed, and also plan to arrive early as seating and parking is limited and attendance high.

Another major player in ensuring the collective voice of the people of St. Petersburg is heard on the developing budget is the People’s Budget Review. They report that so far, over 4,200 residents have taken part in the People’s Budget Review survey.

“This tremendous response has revealed a common vision for the future of St. Petersburg,” the organization reports on its Facebook page. “Residents are willing to raise revenues to maintain services but want specific ideas on how to increase efficiency and invest in economic development.”

People’s Budget Review survey data show:

  • 92% support a local ordinance requiring banks to help pay for the upkeep of foreclosed properties;
  • 89% support increasing efficiencies and cost savings without cutting services or service providers;
  • 84% rate economic development (workforce training, increased job opportunities and support for local businesses) as important city services; and,
  • 78% are opposed to further cuts in city services.

The Manhattan Casino is located at 642 22nd St. S. St. Petersburg. For information on the FY13 budget, visit www.stpete.org/budget. For more information on the People’s Budget Review, visit: www.peoplesbudgetreview.org.

Via Daphne Taylor Street. You can reach Daphne at dts.streetmedia@gmail.com or follow her on Twitter: @DaphneSt.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.