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Fort Worth residents speak out: top budget priorities revealed

29 Jul 2023 9:53 PM | Anonymous

he City of Fort Worth is planning the FY2024 budget and recently asked residents what they think budget dollars should be spent on. Feedback was collected June 6-July 9, where residents had multiple avenues to provide comments and photos.

Why it matters: Like in 2022, this year the City is looking for residents to provide feedback about what they think budget dollars should be spent on. As the City focuses on the next fiscal year, the City also wants to engage residents and understand what is important to them.

The bottom line: The top requests were:

  • Public safety: More police officers and speed control.
  • Transportation: Finish highway projects, continue making street repairs, improve public transit, and new street striping.
  • Animal care and control: Improve animal shelters.
  • Code: Landscaping and litter control.
  • Park and recreation: More community centers, more public swimming pools, enhance senior centers, provide more benches and tables at City parks, and more walking trails.
  • Neighborhood services: Enhance Directions Home, which funds housing services and resources for people experiencing homelessness in Fort Worth.
  • Other feedback includes enhancing the arts and funding for more libraries.

What’s next: The city manager will present the proposed budget to City Council on Aug. 8. Beginning in August, a series of community meetings will be held to get. feedback and answer questions. The final budget for FY2024 will be approved by City Council in September.

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