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City of Lakeland Will Host Budget Outreach Sept. 5th & 17th

The City of Lakeland will host a public Budget Hearing on Wednesday, September 5th  from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at City Hall located at 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue.   The meeting will feature a presentation highlighting the upcoming Fiscal Year 2013 Budget and it will allow citizens to ask questions regarding project funding, services and City initiatives.

The event will start at 6 p.m. with a presentation on the FY2013 Budget from City Manager Doug Thomas and Finance Director Greg Finch. The budget presentation will include areas of concern and budget assumptions based on tax levels, service fees and other revenues collected. 

There will also be discussion regarding funding options for a fire station proposed to be built in the southwest Lakeland area on Lakeland Linder Regional Airport property.   Funding options for the proposed station include a possible increase in the property tax rate or an increase in water/waste water rates.

Viewers can also watch the meeting LIVE on television by tuning into the Lakeland Government Network (LGN) on Bright House Networks channel 615 or 107 on the digital tier and Verizon FiOS channel 43. The event will be available in its entirety through the City of Lakeland’s website as a video on demand or streaming on

The City will host a second public Budget Hearing on September 17th at City Hall.  Both meetings are open to the public and citizen involvement is encouraged.  For more information on the Budget Hearings or to watch them live through streaming media, please visit

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