Harrisonburg Proposed Budget Released for Upcoming Fiscal Year

HARRISONBURG, Va. The City of Harrisonburg is releasing its proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The City Manager said it was tough preparing the budget but most of the money will go towards maintaining current services and the increasing school system costs, health insurance for city employees and the city jail.

Back in February, the City asked for public feedback about the City budget. The top three suggestions from the community were more sidewalks, more energy efficient buildings, and more money towards the Harrisonburg International Festival.

Tim Ruebke, with the Harrisonburg International Festival, said even without the additional money, the program will still continue to run and they will look for money elsewhere.

"The City has been very helpful throughout its history, helping to coordinate and do in-kind services, helping to bus people to the event and do the planning and preparations. It's just been really terrific the kind of support the City has shown over the years," said Ruebke.

Before City Council adopts the budget, two public hearings must happen. The budget needs to be adopted before May 30th.

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