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Posted on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 3:08 p.m.

Ask your questions about Ann Arbor's city budget during live chat Tuesday with city administrator

By Ryan J. Stanton

In the coming days, City Administrator Steve Powers and his administration will finalize a budget plan to be presented to the Ann Arbor City Council on April 15.


City Administrator Steve Powers at a budget work session in December.

Ryan J. Stanton |

Before that happens, Powers has agreed to do a live chat hosted by to discuss the issues surrounding the budget and take questions from the public.

He'll be joined by Tom Crawford, the city's chief financial officer, to answer your questions live starting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, right here at

Feel free to submit questions in advance using the form below and we'll ask as many of them as possible. Topics can include everything from public safety to public art.

Powers told he's been looking for new ways to gather public input since turnout at town hall meetings in recent years has been minimal.

"As the city has been able to shift from a cut mode, where I think it was very significant to have public input on volatile issues, we're in more of a maintenance mode," he noted.

After the administrator's budget is presented April 15, the City Council is expected to hold public hearings on May 6 and vote on a final budget at its May 20 meeting.


Recap the live chat held on Tuesday April 3.

Ryan J. Stanton covers government and politics for Reach him at or 734-623-2529. You also can follow him on Twitter or subscribe to's email newsletters.


Dog Guy

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 8:17 p.m.

1 p.m. would be too early for the game requiring a drink every time the City Administrator cites a "bucket" excuse.

Stephen Lange Ranzini

Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 4:57 a.m.

LOL @Dog Guy! Drain the Buckets!


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 9:06 p.m.

It would if you still wanted to be conscious at 1:30.