Phoenix tweaking its budget after input

Residents’ ideas add $329,000 in spending
by Lynh Bui – May. 12, 2011 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic

Eight public pools that have been closed for the past two summers will reopen in May 2012, and no new fees or taxes will be levied on the public under Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos’ proposed budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

Cavazos also has proposed restoring or adding more than $300,000 in programs and services to the coming year’s budget based on input from residents who attended 15 citywide budget hearings held in April.

Cavazos released a budget draft for public review in March but presented his official proposal to the Phoenix City Council this week…

…City Councilman Bill Gates said “there’s several things to feel good about” with the budget proposal but had questions about increased spending.

The fiscal 2011-12 budget is proposed at $1.06 billion, up about 5 percent from $1.01 billion in 2010-11…