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Bozeman city manager plans public open houses to discuss budget

Posted at 10:38 AM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 12:38:46-04

The City of Bozeman is preparing to put its official fiscal budget onto paper.

But first, the city manager wants to open the floor even further to keep the public and city officials on the same page.

This week, the city will be holding public open houses, starting at the Bozeman Public Library Wednesday afternoon, and then at City Hall on Thursday.

City Manager Andrea Surratt says the public will get a firsthand look at what the $200 million budget means, including the $80 million portion for the new Bozeman Public Safety center.

Surratt adds the open house will also catch everyone up to speed on city growth and affordable housing initiatives.

“We’re managing a lot of growth in Bozeman and so this budget is starting to reflect that,” Surratt says. “This is an important topic and we always want citizen input and so if coming to a public hearing is not everyone’s thing, then come to one of these open houses.”

The first open house will be at 12:30 pm on Wednesday at the library.

The second open house at City Hall will be at 5:30 pm on Thursday.