March 7, 2014
The Charlottesville city council discussed next year's budget on Tuesday night.
Council listened to amendments to the manager's proposed budget and then held a public hearing on the budget.
People spoke in favor of a variety of topics.
Two people asked council to support city school's requested budget -- including teacher raises.
"Morale is low. People need to feed families. Please support our teachers. It's very important because with good teachers we have children who learn, but happy teachers we have families and children that love our schools," one commenter said.
Rebecca Quinn, another commenter, asked council to eliminate costly contracts with outside consultants on design projects for the city.
"Instead of spending more money on consultants, spend it on our staff. Let's use our staff to do this work," said Quinn.
The public has one last chance to comment on council's budget at a work session Thursday at 5 p.m. at City Space. Council will approve its budget plan at 1 p.m. on Friday. That meeting will take place in the second floor conference room in City Hall.