Got Suggestions for the Budget? Show Us – With Balancing Act

Citizens have several ways to propose changes, including a tool that lets users change individual spending and taxing levels

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

​It's budget time. Got a suggestion? Tell us.

Use Balancing Act and Taxpayer Receipt
This website ( lets citizens tinker with the proposed 2019-20 City budget and suggest changes. Citizens can raise or lower individual taxes and/or individual spending items. The only rule is that the budget must balance.

For every change in spending or revenue, there must be an offsetting change elsewhere. Lower taxes? Sure – but you must also lower spending somewhere, or raise taxes elsewhere, to balance the budget. Want more money for a favorite service? Absolutely – but show us where you'll get the money by trimming another service, or raise a tax or fee.

Leave comments and hit SUBMIT. The City Council will get all suggested changes and comments.

After using Balancing Act, try another online tool to see an estimate of how much you pay in City taxes and what you get for your money. It's called Taxpayer Receipt and you can find it here: 

Anonymously enter your age, income, value of your home and value of your car. The tool will show you an estimate of your total tax bill and where the money is spent. The tool calculates taxes on real estate and personal property, and estimates taxes on restaurant meals and sales based on age and income. It does not include fees for water, sewer, trash and stormwater.

Public Hearings
The City Council will hold two public hearings in April. Citizens can register to speak prior to the start of the public hearing. Speakers should advance to the podium when their names are called, and state their name and address. Speakers are limited to three minutes. After completing remarks, the speaker should be prepared to respond to any question the City Council may have. 

  • April 24 – 6:30 p.m. - Old Donation School, 4633 Honeygrove Road
  • April 30 – 6 p.m. - City Council Chamber, 2401 Courthouse Drive

Comment by email
To send a comment to the entire City Council, contact
To send a comment to an individual City Council member, find email addresses here.
Got a question? Send it to

Read the budget
To read the complete budget, visit

  • Open Budget – An online app that lets citizens review, compare, download, visualize and analyze data at the line-item level.

  • Full text of the budget – In three documents: executive summary, operating budget and six-year capital plan.

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