City seeks budget input

Published 9:55 pm Monday, January 11, 2010

Residents who want to express their opinion on the upcoming city operating budget will have that opportunity Tuesday and Wednesday.

Meetings scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Wednesday at 2 p.m. will allow residents to share their suggestions and concerns with budget staff. Both meetings will be held in the City Council chambers at the Municipal Center, 441 Market St.

Suffolk officials already know they’re headed for a tough year financially. State revenues are being cut, and operating expenses for the city will rise this year with the addition of new buildings and staff.

Suffolk receives more than half its money from state sources, which have been slashed by Gov. Tim Kaine and could be cut again by Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell.

City budget officer Anne Seward said last month that officials want to hear what the most important priorities for the citizens are, because the budget process will involve prioritizing critical needs and non-critical needs.

For more information, call 514-4004.