It's The Last Day For Fort Lauderdale Residents To Give Input On The City's Budget

Sep 12, 2018

Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners will vote tonight to approve the city budget for the next year. 

The second - and final - public hearing for the budget happens at 6 p.m. in the Fort Lauderdale city commission chambers.

The hearing is the last chance for residents to give input about how the city of Fort Lauderdale should spend its money. 

At last week's public hearing, city commissioners argued over what services to cut. They were looking to trim a little over $5 million to start weaning off money from the water and sewage fund that has been used to balance other areas of the budget.

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Going into tonight's final vote, city property taxes are holding steady for the twelth year in a row.

One of the largest cuts to the budget was $3 million for an emergency medical facility in the Southeast part of the city, which would have required the city to use money from the water and sewage fund that city officials are trying to leave alone. It's now on hold until at least 2020. 

The budget totals over $785 million, and will go into effect Oct.1.

The live stream of tonight's hearing will be available here