Mayor Condon seeks input on 2013 budget

SPOKANE, Wash - Spokane Mayor David Condon is putting the final touches on his proposed 2013 budget. But, before he presents it to the Spokane City Council, Mayor Condon wants to hear from citizens about what the community thinks is important.

Mayor Condon has until August 1st to present his budget. He has already said this will be a "no-growth" budget for the city's general fund.

"We will live within our means," Mayor Condon said in a press release issued Monday. "We are taking the same approach our citizens have used to balance their household budgets. They have had to pay for increased expenses while their incomes have remained flat or even declined. This makes sense."

What does a no-growth budget mean? It means departments will not get any additional funding beyond what they had for 2012. If they have increased costs, they'll need to make cuts. This is designed to combat a projected shortfall between $9 and $10 million.

The city is using technology to reach out to citizens and get input on the budget plan. Tuesday, Mayor Condon will join other city officials in a Facebook chat. You can take part from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday on the city's Facebook page.

Next Tuesday, July 24th, the city is hosting a telephone town hall meeting. From 6 to 7 p.m., you can call into (855) 269-4484. The city will also reach out to thousands of Spokane residents by calling and asking them to participate in the meeting.