Got a City Budget Question? Ask the Experts Online

Monday, April 13, 2015

The proposed city budget is large and complex. Understanding everything isn’t easy. Maybe you’ve got a question.


Starting today, city budget leaders will take questions online. Questions and answers will be posted online for everyone to read.


To ask a question, visit

To read questions and answers, visit


On March 24, City Manager James K. Spore proposed a $1.87 billion operating budget for 2015-16 and a six-year capital construction plan that includes school renovations, road improvements, utilities and many other projects. Proposed capital spending for the coming year is $316 million. The City Council will vote on the budget May 12.


To view the proposed budget, there are two options:


·        To explore details of the budget, try OpenVB. It’s an easy-to-use, graphical alternative to wading through hundreds of pages of technical documents. Citizens can focus on any aspect of the budget – revenues, expenses, operations and capital projects – in great detail. Every detail is available – at the big-picture level or at the level of individual line items.

o   To explore expenses, go to

o   To explore revenues, go to


·        To read budget documents, either in online flip-book format or to download as a PDF documents, visit Three documents are available: an executive summary, a detailed operating budget and a detailed six-year capital program.


Two public hearings are scheduled:

  • April 23 at 6 p.m., Green Run High School, 1700 Dahlia Drive
  • April 28 at 6 p.m., City Council chamber, 2401 Courthouse Drive


Submit online comments to the City Council at


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