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Money Talk: Austin City Council to Hear Budget Needs Today

Jeff Heimsath for KUT
Not all the action in City Hall today centers on City Council: the Charter Revision Committee is set to recommend a scheme for future elections.

The Austin City Council begins budget talks today after hearing a financial forecast for the city two weeks ago. This morning, the council will discuss budget presentations by city departments.

For the first time, those presentations are available for everyone to watch on the city’s YouTube channel. The city also included a video describing how revenue from taxes and utilities equate to city services.

As KUT previously reported:

The 20 videos – together, longer than any one individual Lord of the Rings movies (bonus features not included) – are part of a broader effort to engage citizens in the budgeting process and allow them to give feedback. “We’ve worked hard to try to take the mystery out of how a city, this city, goes about putting together the city’s financial plan for any given year,” City Manager Marc Ott said.

The budget process is still in the beginning phases. The council won’t act to adopt the Fiscal Year 2014 budget until September.

Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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