Unhappy with Bill Foster’s 2014 budget, People’s Budget Review seeks $450K for community projects, reduce poverty

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The People’s Budget Review is not satisfied with St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster’s proposed 2014 budget writes William Mansell in St. Pete Patch.

In a press conference, members of the community activist group called on the city to adjust next year’s budget to provide funds for the 2020 Plan, a five-year proposal to reduce the poverty rate in South St. Petersburg 30 percent by the 2020 Census.

The People’s Budget Review is asking for the budget to include $450,000 to support the Plan, reduce youth unemployment and other various community projects.

“The city has already expressed official support for the projects and programs at issue at various times in the past but is not at this time providing notable financial support,” according to documents released by the People’s Budget Review. “None of these three proposals are slated for funding in the Mayor’s proposed budget. However, we strongly believe they should be.”

The next step in the fiscal year 2014 budget process is public hearings, scheduled for Sept. 12 and 26.

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