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City Expects Shortfall For 2014, Wants Public Input On Budget

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When it comes to government budgets, the average citizen doesn’t have much of a say in the federal and state arenas. City of Tallahassee residents will soon have the chance to influence the proposed municipal budget during a series of public workshops.

The city will be seeking budgetary comment at three scheduled workshops in April. They want to know what projects citizens would like to see funded and which ones might need trimming. And there might be some more trimming needed this year as the city’s Director of Management and Administration, Raoul Lavin expects a shortfall.

“We know based on preliminary projections and projections that were included in last year’s budget that we will have a little bit of a shortfall, we’re still fine-tuning that number. A lot of that is going to depend on what comes out of the state legislature,” Lavin said.

City officials will be polling public forum participants and present the findings to the City Commission in the summer. The first of three budget meetings is at the Walker Ford Community Center, this Monday the 15th.