Killeen is asking residents for their input in a hearing today as the city gets ready to prepare its annual budget.
The hearing is the beginning of the city’s budget process where residents provide input to aid city officials in forming a broad idea of what fiscal course the city needs to set for the upcoming 2014-2015 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
“The annual budget is extremely important because it sets the course for the services the city provides,” 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.”
Hilary Shine, city spokeswoman, said attendance at budget forums is typically low. Five residents attended last year’s forum.
“The city of Killeen provides services to the public, so hearing from those we serve helps us meet the needs and wants of the community,” she said. “The annual budget sets the plan for municipal services for the upcoming year, so input from the public during budget development is extremely important.”
Shine said the forum is slated for 6 p.m. today in the Utility Collections main conference room, 210 W. Avenue C.
There will be a number of public hearings once a drafted budget is delivered to the council on July 8, Shine said.
The budget is scheduled for adoption Sept. 9.
Shine said the city created an email address for residents to send suggestions and comments at their leisure. “Now is the best time to submit ideas for the budget because staff is developing the draft.”