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City of Tallahassee Seeks Feedback on Budget Items

City of Tallahassee
Posted at 6:00 PM, May 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-31 18:00:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Wednesday was the deadline for Tallahassee residents to sound off on a survey about the city budget.

The City has been asking for more feedback about where taxpayer dollars should be spent. An online survey breaks down several categories, though it doesn't ask residents what the city could afford to cut.

The survey considers public safety, roadway maintenance, affordable housing and cultural and special events, among other areas.

A group called Budget Hawks has been analyzing how the city has been spending funds.

With the city's operating budget of over $700 million, the group says there needs to be more discussion on big expenditures.

"Approximately $200 million out of the 700 million goes to personnel, and the city staff the last several years -- and going back longer, perhaps -- has recommended a three percent increase across the board to the city commission," said Russell Price with Budget Hawks. "This year is no different."

The City will continue its series of budget updates over the summer. The next meeting is set for June 14.