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EDUCATION, PUBLIC COMMENT OFFERED AT FY 2016 BUDGET LISTENING TOURS

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (April 28, 2015) – St. Petersburg citizens will have three opportunities, including one at 6 p.m. tomorrow, April 29, to learn how city leaders determine the city’s annual budget and may offer suggestions during the FY 2016 Budget Listening Tour.  Tomorrow’s Budget Listening Tour will be held at the J.W. Cate Center, 5801 22nd Ave. N., at 6 p.m. Other tour stops will be held May 20 and June 16.

During each stop, citizens will have an opportunity to share their priorities with Mayor Rick Kriseman and City Council members. Citizens will also be introduced to St. Pete OpenGov, an interactive tool that allows the public to explore the city budget and other financial data through graphs and charts. Currently, citizens may review past city budget data from fiscal year 2011 to the present. Following the presentations, citizens will have three minutes to share their ideas, then City Council members will have an opportunity to speak.

Citizens are encouraged to attend two other Budget Listening Tour stops on Wednesday, May 20, at Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S., and on Tuesday, June 16, at Willis S. Johns Center, 6635 Dr. M.L. King Jr. St. N. Both sessions begin at 6 p.m. and are open to the public.

Mayor Kriseman is expected to give his FY16 budget recommendations to Council in July; Council is expected to consider the final FY16 budget and tax rate for approval in September.  For information on the FY 2016 Budget Listening Tour, session dates and locations, or to learn more about St. Pete OpenGov, visit www.stpete.org/budget

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