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St. Pete City Council final Budget Listening Tour tonight

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Ears will be open for suggestions as St. Petersburg leaders begin to craft a new city budget. The FY16 Budget Listening Tour concludes this evening at 6 p.m. It is the last of three formal and guided opportunities to learn how city leaders determine St. Petersburg’s annual spending plan. All of St. Pete City Council, as well as the public, is invited to the event at Willis S. Johns Recreation Center, at 6635 Dr. M. L. King, Jr. Street North. Lawmakers in attendance…

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OpenGov rollout puts St. Pete budget data a click away

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The City of St. Pete launched an online platform called OpenGov last month that allows residents to interactively monitor how the city is spending taxpayer dollars. OpenGov can be used to monitor and compare current and past spending in various departments and funds and see what that money was used to purchase. The platform is used in 36 states among 270 local governments representing 34 million citizens and nearly $90 billion in annual spending. “This is another step forward toward…

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