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June 8 - Kennewick City Council biennial budget meeting for all citizens/business owners

The Kennewick City Council is encouraging citizens and business owners to help shape the City's 2011—2012 biennial budget. The first in a series of Budget Development.

Workshops will be held on June 8 at the Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center, next to
the Three Rivers Convention Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The budget workshops will
be held on the second Tuesday of each month
at various locations throughout the City.

"Council has stressed its desire to get out into the community, and that's what we hope
to accomplish by moving the budget development meetings out of City Hall and into
different areas of the City," said City Manager Bob Hammond. "We hope to receive
input from the public and will utilize interactive polling devices and other methods to
involve citizens as we begin putting this budget together."

Mayor Steve Young said, "We want to engage the public as much as possible in developing this budget. The 2011—2012 general fund budget is expected to be approximately $90 million. That's a lot of money, and we would like the citizens and business owners to be involved in helping to establish our priorities, as we strive to provide exceptional service for an exceptional city."

The focus of this upcoming workshop will be a look at the various programs within the
budget, and how they should be prioritized. "The City's budget is very complex, covering hundreds of different programs, ranging from ambulance service to animal control, and from traffic enforcement to recreational programs," Hammond said. "We are fortunate in Kennewick in that over the years we have held the line in trying to keep costs under control. Just in the past two years we have not filled eleven vacant positions. We have dozens of examples of how we have become more efficient in how we do things. And that needs to continue as the cost of service increases and revenues hold steady." Future Budget Development Workshops are scheduled for July 13 at the Benton PUD

Auditorium and August 10 at the Grange Building at Grange Park next to the Mid- Columbia Library. Locations of the September and October meetings have not been finalized.

Contact: Bob Hammond, City Manager 585-4251