Columbus City Council invites public to 2011 budget meetings

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Millions of dollars are up for discussion as the Columbus City Council reviews the 2011 budget.

Tuesday, May 4th was the first of a series of meetings that will be held all month long regarding the Fiscal Year 2011 budget for the Columbus Consolidated Government.

Right now, the proposed budget is nearly $280 million, a 19% increase from Fiscal Year 2010.

The Budget Review Committee says in order to make ends meet, everyone in the city is going to have to tighten their belts.

Columbus City Manager Isaiah Hughley said, "Although we've done much better than so many others, this budget has been a struggle. It's been a struggle to the point that we realized early on that we would have to hold out city departments to their funding for Fiscal Year 2010 at the Fiscal Year 2011."

The meetings are open to the public, however, comments will not be heard until later sessions.

The meetings will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in May:

Thursday, May 6th from 9 a.m. to Noon
Tuesday, May 11th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday. May 13th from 9 a.m. to Noon
Tuesday, May 18th from 9 a.m. to Noon
Thursday, May 20th from 9 a.m. to Noon

On the Thursday meetings, Department Heads throughout the city make presentations about the struggles they are facing during the budget planning.

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