Harrisonburg Receives Feedback From Community on City Budget

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- After asking for the community's opinion on the Harrisonburg city budget sent out last month, city leaders asked for feedback on what the money should go towards.

This was the first year they did this survey and only 69 people completed it; however, the three biggest suggestions were to extend sidewalks, increase the number of energy efficient buildings and put more money towards the Harrisonburg International Festival.

Right now, the budget for next year is in the hands of the city manager, who will review these comments.

City council members said this survey makes the budgeting process more open and inclusive.

"It's exciting to have a bigger voice and to feel like the City of Harrisonburg really values everyone who lives here and our opinion. And, to take what we really do want to see here in Harrisonburg, really come to life," said
Amy Leap, a Harrisonburg resident.

The city council will see the drafted budget in the next month.

The final budget will be finalized before July 1.

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