Tempe Budget Update

Tempe community members can get information and participate in the city’s budget-balancing effort by visiting a special Web page at www.tempe.gov/budgetplan .

Two community forums, including one in south Tempe, and two employee forums were held on the budget during February. Written recaps of those sessions, along with videos from the forums, are available via the Web page above by clicking on the “Current 2010-11 Budget Process” tab.

Also available there is City Manager Charlie Meyer’s budget balancing proposal, which the Tempe City Council is now discussing.

City Council members are working to close an estimated $33.7 million gap between revenues and expenditures during the 2010-11 fiscal year.

The city manager’s proposal being considered includes a variety of cost-cutting and revenue-generating options. Among them are workforce reductions, reduced hours at city facilities, program eliminations and new fees for some services.

Final Council action on the budget will be in June. The 2010-11 fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2011.

The City Council has agreed to move forward with a May 18 General Election ballot measure asking residents if they want to approve a two-tenths of a cent sales tax increase beginning July 1. Council members directed that the ballot measure have language stipulating that the tax would go away after four years.

Visit www.tempe.gov/budgetplan for forum videos and recaps, Meyer’s full proposal, a feedback form and access to the online comments submitted to date from employees and community members

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