Tacoma City Council to consider citizens budget recommendations Tuesday

Tacoma City Council is scheduled to be briefed Tuesday at City Hall on the comments received during a series of community budget input meetings that occurred earlier this summer.

Tacoma residents were invited to participate in the creation of the 2013-2014 biennial budget through a series of community meetings held in the five city council districts across the city. The meetings were designed to help residents understand the city’s budget development process and provide an opportunity to speak with city officials about current and future budget allocations and priorities, such as police, fire, libraries, street maintenance, social services and support for the arts and cultural programs.

Individuals unable to attend one of the community budget input meetings were invited to share their thoughts by completing a questionnaire online. The questionnaire is available until Aug. 31 here and in paper form at Tacoma Public Libraries. The questionnaire is also available in Spanish and Vietnamese. The results of the online questionnaire will be shared at a study session in September.

Councilmembers will not take public comment during this week’s meeting, which will be held on Tues., Aug. 21 at noon in Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Room 16. Audio from the session will be broadcast live on TV Tacoma and online here. On-demand audio archives are available on the Web within 24 hours of the meeting online here.