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Austinites weigh in on next year's City budget

The City of Austin took the development of next year's budget to the streets -- hosting 11 meetings throughout the community, featuring elected officials and City Manager Spencer Cronk -- to hear firsthand what the residents of Austin want in the FY19 budget.

THANK YOU, AUSTIN!

The online survey is now closed, and we're working on generating reports from the results. We'll post those here when they're ready.

In the meantime, the Budget Office has posted a summary of the 11 Budget Talks, as well as additional documents about the Budget process.

The City Manager's FY19 Budget will be released toward the beginning of August. Public hearings on the budget are scheduled for Aug. 22 and 30.

We learned a lot through our two-month Budget Tour de Austin. Check out some of the highlights and more information below.

Quick primer: The City’s current (FY 2018) budget is $3.9 billion. It pays for such services as public safety, mobility, parks and recreation, and animal services.

Your City tax dollars and utility bills fund these services, so we wanted to make sure you have a voice in how they're spent. For the visual learners among us: Watch the quick video below.

This year’s engagement asks the public to prioritize issues that matter to all of us, based on the 35 indicators outlined in our Strategic Direction 2023.

For our public engagement this year, we wanted to make sure we heard directly from each City Council District. So we held a Budget Talk in each district, plus a citywide event May 15 at the Austin Central Library.

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