City of Rock Island Hosts Four Public Budget Meetings Print
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Written by Jennifer Fowler   
Thursday, 09 December 2010 08:40
The City of Rock Island will be seeking the views of Rock Island residents on the proposed 2011–2012 General Fund budget. City departments have prepared options to help close a
$1.1 million gap in the budget for next year.

Options being considered range from keeping City vehicles longer before they are replaced to eliminating a police officer with the Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG). The options also include an increase in the property tax rate and parking fees and fines. These and other suggestions are included in a report that will be presented at each of four public meetings (attached). The meeting schedule is noted below:

Thursday, December 9 at 9 a.m. at the Establishment Theater/Comedy Sportz, 220 19th St.
Thursday, December 9 at 6 p.m.  at the Establishment Theater/Comedy Sportz, 220 19th St.
Tuesday, December 14 at 3 p.m. in the Community Room, Downtown Library, 401 19th St.
Tuesday, December 14 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room, Downtown Library, 401 19th St.

City Manager John Phillips said that those attending the meetings will have the chance to indicate their preference for the actions that should be taken to balance the City’s General Fund budget. “Not all of these actions will be needed to eliminate the difference between the projected revenue and expenses for next year, but it is clear that difficult choices will need to be made by the Mayor and City Council.”