First public hearing on Columbia's budget at 6 p.m.

Monday, August 15, 2011 | 3:44 p.m. CDT; updated 1:19 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 19, 2011

COLUMBIA — The first public hearing on the $430.1 million proposed city budget for fiscal 2012 will start at 6 p.m. Monday in the Columbia City Council chambers at city hall, 701 E. Broadway.

The hearing will focus on recommendations from various commissions, including:

  • The Boone County Community Services Advisory Commission. It recommends how the city should fund social service initiatives in Columbia and Boone County. The commission is issuing recommendations for how to fund 13 organizations offering 22 program services.
  • The Community Development Commission. It issues recommendations for how the city should divide an estimated $770,000 in federal Community Development Block Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grants are intended for projects that improve low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. Projects include housing renovation, training programs, sidewalk projects and compliance programs.
  • The Cultural Affairs Commission. This group recommends how the city should divide annual grants to arts organizations in the community. City Manager Mike Matthes's proposal calls for $99,000 in arts funding.

Any member of the public who wishes to comment on these matters may attend the meeting.

The City Council will hold two more public hearings on the proposed budget at its regular meetings next month, which are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sept. 6 and Sept. 19.

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