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City faces possible shortfall: Mayor asking for your ideas

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – For the third straight budget cycle, Richmond City Hall faces a shortfall. 

"We don't know exactly how much, but we're facing another shortfall. So, just like in your family. You have to figure out what's important," said Mayor Dwight Jones. 

Mayor Jones is asking you to weigh in on how your tax dollars are spent in the next budget. 

"Take the pulse, take the temperature to find out what they feel is important in terms of the city's budgetary process," he said. 

Is it schools that have your attention? Police or fire spending? Do you want more money spent on sidewalks, paving and potholes fixes? The city has cut more than $40 million from the budget over the last two years. 

Last year Mayor Jones held community meetings after he presented his budget. This time around he's catching the public before his administration puts the finishing touches on his budget proposal. 

"This is another opportunity, not to be complaint oriented, to be a part of the solution to the problems and have some input. We're asking what you think," Jones said. 

The mayor will propose his budget to city council on March 31st. 

If you couldn't make Tuesday night's meeting, three more budget forums are scheduled through next week. For the list of times and places, click here

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