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Final Public Budget Meeting Is Saturday

The public budget hearings in Louisville end Saturday.The last of five open meetings on the spending plan for the next fiscal year will be held at the Central Government Center.The meetings were meant to give citizens a chance to weigh in on the budget before the mayor finishes drafting it. Mayor's spokesperson Chris Poynter says he was hoping to hear about wasteful spending that could be cut, but instead, most people suggested the city spend more money."Oh yeah, by far. Collectively, we've probably had 300 people at the various budget hearings and probably 98% of them have been asking for money instead of suggesting ways to reduce the budget," he says.The city also heard from a number of social service and arts groups that receive money from the city."What we were hoping to do was engage them earlier in the process, as opposed to waiting until the budget is already put together. So in that regard, it's definitely been a success," says Poynter.The grants to external agencies are often the most revised items in the city budget during the council's hearings in June. Fischer will present his budget to the council in late May.