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2019-20 PHX Budget – People & Programs for a Stronger Phoenix 2019-20 PHX Budget – People & Programs for a Stronger Phoenix <div class="ExternalClassCDDF0540244F40A3B633A30295F604E7"><p>Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher presented the 2019-20 Trial Budget to the Mayor and City Council for community review on March 19. The budget is balanced and focused on strengthening our city through investing in people and programs. Here are some program addition highlights from the Trial Budget:</p><ul><li><strong>Complete Firehouse Staffing - </strong>Add new positions to complete 24-hour staffing at Fire Station 55 at I-17 and Jomax Road.  </li><li><strong>New Rescue Unit - </strong>Add sworn fire positions to create a new rescue (ambulance) unit for southwest Phoenix.</li><li><strong>Increase Park Ranger Coverage – </strong>Add Park Rangers to patrol urban parks.</li><li><strong>Improve Crime Scene Investigation Response Times -</strong><strong>  </strong>Add positions to the Lab Services Bureau to support crime scene response requests.</li><li><strong>Restore Library Hours – </strong>Add hours of operation at four branch libraries, allowing all city libraries to be open on Sundays.</li><li><strong>Increase Assistance for Elderly Homeless – </strong>Provide caseworkers to assist homeless elderly clients with achieving housing stability.</li><li><strong>Expand Recreation and Teen Programming -</strong><strong>  </strong>Fund weekly recreation and cultural activities at five parks, and expand the PHXteens program across the city.</li><li><strong>Other Additions – </strong>Funding for parks, neighborhood revitalization, arts, public safety, historic preservation, Census 2020 outreach and street improvements.</li></ul><p>Beginning April 2 and continuing through April 19, the city will hold a total of 19 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. The community budget meeting schedule is available​. 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 phoenix.gov/​​budget.  After the budget hearings, the city manager will present a revised budget to the City Council on May 7. The Council is expected to make a final decision on May 22. Formally, the Mayor and City Council will consider adopting a budget on June 5 and 19. The approved plan will take effect July 1.<br></p></div>3/22/2019 11:00:00 PMMatthew Heil602-534-0108