TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - In a few short hours theCity of Tucson will decide how it is going to spend resident's tax dollars.
The final budget should beapproved at a meeting later this evening, with a final budget estimate of $1.3billion. The public will be able to addtheir comments on this final budget, at a public meeting before city officialsvote on it.
According to the City ofTucson, all full time city employees will get a $0.55 per hour raise; some 911dispatch operators, as well as police and fire employees will get a largerraise. All of this is to try and keepthe city jobs competitive, however there are many shortfalls looming in thefuture.
These include an increasein pensions, and a deficit in the general fund that gets larger through theyears. City leaders say revenues will goup, but it will take time.
There will be a publichearing before the final budge it adopted, it will be held at 5:30 p.m.tonight.