Killeen is seeking input from the community as it develops the fiscal year 2013-14 budget, which begins Oct. 1.
“The annual budget is extremely important because it sets the course for the services the city provides,” Killeen City Manager Glenn Morrison said. “The city staff and city council work to develop the budget based on the input they receive from the public, so it is paramount that residents participate in the process.”
Mayor Dan Corbin said the city’s list of needs coupled with the economic uncertainty created by sequestration will make budget planning difficult for a city whose economy is so closely tied to the Army.
“We are going to have to make some tough decisions,” Corbin said.
Potential new expenditures could include a new street maintenance plan, pay raises for city employees, hiring new police officers and code enforcement officers and financing the construction of Fire Station No. 9 with 32 firefighters, Corbin said.
“If the economy stays as it is, I think we’re in great shape, but, depending on troop alignments, that could change,” Corbin said. “We have to be somewhat influenced by that uncertainty.”
Today’s forum will begin with a presentation by Morrison before residents will be invited to share their opinions at the microphone, said Hilary Shine, city spokeswoman.
Residents unable to attend the forum may email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The more input we can get from the community the better for staff and for the council, as they consider what next year’s budget needs to look like,” Shine said.
If you go
The Killeen City Budget Forum is at 6 p.m. today at City Hall, 101 N. College St.