The Florence Town Council is currently developing the Town’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2017-2018. They are predicting a budget deficit of up to $1.7 million. In the past, the Council conducted a transparent budget process that was open to the public.
This year, however, is very different.
Mayor Walter has created a select budget committee comprised of Councilmember Wall, Councilmember Guilin and Town staff. This group will have private discussions about the budget and then make their recommendations to the Council. Although the Council is required by state law to hold a public hearing on the budget at some point, the public will not be allowed to observe presentations and/or discussions about the budget recommendations.
With no public discussions planned, it’s imperative that you do what you can to have your voice heard.
We invite you to attend Copper Talk, a monthly meeting where we will discuss important topics in our community, the mining industry, and Florence Copper.
This week we are asking you to share your ideas about how residents like you can still have a voice as to how your taxpayer dollars are spent.
When: Friday, May 5th at 10 a.m.
Where: Florence Copper Community Office, 130 N. Main St., Florence
RSVP is not required, but you’re welcome to call us anyway! (520) 868-8060
If you believe that taxpayer dollars could be better spent on revitalizing Main Street, keeping the aquatics center open longer hours, giving hardworking Town of Florence employees the cost of living increase that they deserve, fixing our roads and making the community safe, putting away money in a rainy day fund, or anything else of importance to you, then please attend and have a good discussion with us.
We know your opinion matters. Thank you for staying informed and involved in Florence!