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New Hearing Added to Gather Input on Trial BudgetNew Hearing Added to Gather Input on Trial Budget<div class="ExternalClass5AC233E134BB4E27ADDD845AAC7596FB"><p>​</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p>An additional hearing has been added to Phoenix's budget process to gather input from residents on the City Manager's 2019-20 Trial Budget. The hearing will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Matthew Henson Hope VI housing community, located at 1150 S. 7th Ave. in Phoenix.</p><p>Public hearings on the city's budget process started on April 2. The full community budget meeting schedule is <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1405096/341392/22810/3/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">available here.</span></a>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/1405096/341392/21361/6/">YouTube channel</a>.</p><p>Below are some program addition highlights from the Trial Budget:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><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>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 elderly homeless clients with achieving housing stability.</li><li><strong>Expand Recreation and Teen Programming -  </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>Residents can view details of the proposed budget at <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1405096/341392/21362/9/">phoenix.gov/budget</a>.  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><br></p></td></tr></tbody></table></div>4/9/2019 4:00:00 PMMatthew Heil602-534-0108