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      Ottumwa wants public's input on 2015 city budget

      After the new year, the Ottumwa City Council will begin to draft the city's budget for the 2015 fiscal year.

      Before the department heads begin their budget workshops, however, city officials would like to hear from the public on any budget-related issues they are concerned about. Those issues include, but are not limited to, airport improvements, bridges or the sewer separation project.

      "The last couple years, there's been items having to do with downtown revitalization or parks and recreation or trails that have been issues that the public has brought to the attention of the city council," said Ottumwa City Administrator Joe Helfenberger.

      The public is encouraged to attend two input sessions during which opinions on the budget will be discussed. The first will be Tuesday at 6:30, right before the regular council meeting, and the second on December 3 at the same time.

      "We really value the opinions of our citizens," Helfenberger said. "These are two more opportunities for the public to have input formally before we start preparing the draft of the city budget."

      After the public input sessions, the first budget workshop will be held January 23rd, with the consideration and adoption of the budget set for late March.

      Helfenberger said if you do not attend either input session, you can still call City Hall any time at 641-683-0600 and let them know your concerns.