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Dozens sound off on Richmond's budget

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

People living Richmond sounded off on the city's budget Wednesday night. Several dozen city workers and residents showed up to the Science Museum of Virginia to take part.

The majority said they want to see better streets, sidewalks, and overall maintenance of the city, an increased effort to prevent crime, more services to attract new businesses, and many agreed the city needs to provide more quality education.

"I have concerns, of course, in education," said city worker Vernon Clement. "A big concern, we have a couple schools being built, I live on the northside and we definitely need new schools on the north side."

"I think, as citizens of Richmond, there is a list of things that concern us," said Sarah Gross. "In general, I do think they covered what the basic concerns of the city are."

The city is dealing with a $30 million shortfall - $11.5 million is in education.

The next public meeting will be Tuesday, February 5 at 6pm at Albert Hill Middle School on Patterson Avenue.

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