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St. Pete to hold 2018 budget open house next week

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St. Petersburg city officials are holding an open house next week, giving residents a chance to provide input and learn more about the 2017-18 budget process.

The budget open house is Monday, June 19, starting 6 p.m. at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N in St. Petersburg.

For the first hour, residents are invited to ask questions and share ideas with Mayor Rick Kriseman, City Council members and administrators. During that time, staff from City Development, Public Safety, Neighborhood Affairs, Public Works, General Government, and Leisure Services departments will be available to speak with those in attendance.

After the breakout session, Budget Director Tom Greene will offer a brief presentation on how the city budget is developed, followed by comments from residents and an opportunity for City Council members to share budget priorities.

Citizens citywide can do their part by way of a brief, one-question survey available through June 30 at stpete.org. The city will rebroadcast the budget open house throughout the summer on StPeteTV, Bright House Channel 641, WOW! Channel 15, and Verizon Fi0s Channel 20.

To access the survey, learn about the 2018 city budget or view budget documents, visit stpete.org.

St. Petersburg’s current operating budget stands at about $248 million. A new budget goes into effect Oct. 1.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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