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Proposed City Budget Announced, Residents Invited to CommentProposed City Budget Announced, Residents Invited to Comment<div class="ExternalClassB7336595CA1347498819D90568AF2DDE"><p>​</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p>Today, Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher presented a 2017-18 Trial Budget to the Mayor and City Council for community review. The budget is balanced and focused on the city's needs for the future.</p><p>Here are some highlights from the proposed budget:</p><p>• <strong>Enhancing public safety</strong>. Adding 16 civilian police assistant positions. This will allow officers to focus on higher priority calls for service rather than administrative tasks, aimed at improving response times for the community. </p><p>• <strong>More park rangers</strong>. Adding 22 park rangers to expand trailhead hours, increase enforcement, and enhance customer service at city parks and preserves.</p><p>• <strong>Addressing homelessness</strong>. Providing additional resources for contracted homeless outreach and engagement services by reallocating funds from vacant positions (no cost). </p><p>• <strong>"Rainy Day" Fund</strong>. Setting aside $641,000 to address General Fund shortfalls projected in FY18-19.</p><p>• <strong>Enhancements at Burton Barr Central Library</strong>. Conversion of positions to improve safety as well as engage youth in educational programs and job-readiness training (no cost).</p><p>Beginning April 4 and continuing through April 20, the city will hold a total of 17 community meetings across Phoenix. Information will be available in English and Spanish. The Mayor, City Council and city management will be on hand to share details on the proposed budget, take feedback and to answer any questions.</p><p>"This budget is balanced and focuses on keeping our residents safe," said City Manager Ed Zuercher. "I look forward to meeting our residents at the community hearings. Their feedback is an important part of how we develop the city's budget."</p><p>Residents can also share their thoughts on the city's budget by emailing <a href="mailto:budget.research@phoenix.gov">budget.research@phoenix.gov</a> or on social media by using <strong>#PhoenixBudget</strong>. Additionally, all community meetings will run on PHXTV Channel 11 and will be posted to the city's <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1327531/1193578/11724/3/">YouTube channel</a>.</p><p>Residents can view details of the proposed budget at <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1327531/1193578/4822/6/">phoenix.gov/budget</a>.  </p><p>After the community's review, the city manager will present a revised budget to the City Council on May 9. The Council is expected to make a final decision on May 23.   Formally, the Mayor and City Council will consider adopting a budget-balancing plan on June 21.  The approved plan will take effect July 1.</p><p>Community budget meeting schedule link <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1327531/1193578/19583/9/">here</a>. </p></td></tr></tbody></table></div>3/21/2017 11:00:00 PM