The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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June 27, 2014

Palestine City Council to continue Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Sessions Monday

PALESTINE —

The Palestine City Council will continue to review the city's budget for Fiscal Year 2015 during a work session set for 4 p.m. Monday at City Hall, outlining goals and priorities within the Palestine Fire Department and Public Works Department.

The meeting is open to the public.

The session comes as part of the city's new comprehensive fiscal preparation plan, which began earlier this month in an effort to improve the budget by spotlighting individual departments.

City Manager Wendy Ellis said the council's “new procedure” is to break down the budget preparation process incrementally by setting aside weekly meetings to look at two or three departments at a time “to make it more manageable.”

She said the goal is to put strategic plans in place after having conversation with department heads, asking questions such as: “What can you do right now in operation of your department that will improve customer service (and other priorities) without costing us more money?”

In order to accomplish this and address the council’s priorities — which include items such as capital improvements, fiscal improvements and beautification through neighborhood revitalization — departments will create a to-do list for the year to set forth “a tangible, visible representation of the work” they do on a day-to-day basis, Ellis said, “with our big-picture priorities.”

The public is invited to attend these work sessions, which will provide city council members, staff and community members opportunities to interact on topics of interest.

No official action can be taken in a work session, though staff will be on hand to answer questions and explain important aspects of proposed budget items.

Work sessions and council meetings meet at City Hall, located at 504 N. Queen St.

For an agenda or more information on the City of Palestine, visit their website at www.CityofPalestineTX.com.

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