St. Pete residents invited to comment on proposed FY15 budget

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City residents will have the opportunity to voice any comments or concerns on the proposed budget at the first of three public budget summits.

The initial budget summit will be held at 6 p.m. inside the Walter Fuller Recreation Center located at 7891 26th Ave. N.

Budget director Tom Greene will give a short presentation on how the city’s budgets are developed beforehand. And any residents wishing to address the room have three minutes to speak. After public comment is heard, St. Petersburg City Council will talk to residents.

For those unable to attend the first meeting, there are two more opportunities to speak directly to elected city officials about budgetary concerns and funding priorities for St. Petersburg in the coming year. The second meeting is Wednesday, April 14 at 6 p.m. inside the Wildwood Recreation Center,  1000 28th St. S., and the third budget summit will be Wednesday, June 18 at the Willis S. Johns Center,  6635 Dr. M.L. King Jr. St. N.

Recently elected St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will submit his proposed budget to City Council in July, and the final budget and tax rate will be approved by September.