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Community Members Weigh in on 2014 Budget at Cville Council Meeting

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Charlottesville City Council heard from the public about the proposed city budget Monday night.

A steady stream of people spoke about programs they want council to continue to support, and with the budget still in a preliminary stage, people saw the meeting as an opportunity to ask council to consider funding for some additional programs.  

The current proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 is nearly $148 million. That budget keeps tax rates the same, but in order to increase revenues, parking and parks and recreation fees will increase.

Though schools take up most of the budget – with the police and the fire department following closely behind – people in attendance wanted to focus on small organizations that also need funding to operate.

Many advocates for the Charlottesville chapter of The First Tee spoke out, asking councilors to continue funding the community golfing organization.

"This isn't just about golf; this is about the development of the future of your community and I implore you to consider keeping it on the table and I'm grateful you're still having a discussion," said Leann Probst.

There will be a community forum on the budget this Wednesday and another budget work session on Thursday.

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