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      G.I. Proposed City Budget Released

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      GrandIsland - City AdministratorMary Lou Brown announced the release of the 2013-14 Grand Island City budget.

      Brown stated, "I am proud to present abudget to city council for consideration that accomplishes so much for thefuture."

      She named a safer community,recognition of both the Metropolitan Planning Organization and MetropolitanStatistical Area status, public transit funding, increased healthcare costs andoperational growth among some of the items that the proposed budget plans for.

      Brown said "being able to accommodatethis without an increase in the city's taxing authority and with no impact tocity services enables the city to progressively approach both growth anddevelopment."

      A paper copy of the proposed budget isavailable to the public for review at the information desk at City Hall, 100 E.First St., as well as three paper copies at the Grand Island library, 211 N.Washington St.

      The proposed budget can also beaccessed electronically by going to the city's website at www.grand-island.com/2013-14proposedbudget.

      Budget meetings and sessions willcontinue according to the proposed tentative schedule:

      • Tuesday, August 20 special meeting--overview of financial results of the parks and recreation divisions, proposed debt forgiveness for the Heartland Public Shooting Park and the Humane Society, continued discussion regarding the General Fund and proposed action on the salary ordinance, Fraternal Order of Police contract, health insurance, and the announcement of the property tax valuation;
      • Tuesday, August 27 regularly scheduled city council meeting followed by a special meeting--public hearing for the 2013-14 fiscal year budget will be opened and budget discussion will occur;
      • Thursday, August 29 special meeting and continued public hearing--property tax lid limit will be an action item, as well continued budget discussion;
      • Tuesday, September 10 regularly scheduled city council meeting--public hearing for the budget continues with action items leading up to the passage of the 2013-14 City and Community Development Authority budgets.

      All meetings will be held at City Hallat 7 p.m. The public is invited toattend or watch the meetings live on Grand Island Television, Charter cablechannel 6 or digital channel 50.

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