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Posted on Tue, Mar 22, 2011 : 5:30 p.m.

City officials invite Ann Arbor residents to city budget town hall on April 13

By Ryan J. Stanton


City Administrator Roger Fraser talks with residents at last year's budget town hall at CTN studios. Next month's town hall will be a similar format.

Ryan J. Stanton |

Ann Arbor residents are invited to attend a community town hall meeting April 13 where city staff and elected city officials will be available to answer questions following a city budget presentation for fiscal years 2011-12 and 2012-13.

The meeting will take place from 7-9 p.m. at CTN studios located at 2805 S. Industrial Highway. Free onsite parking is available.

City officials have been working to close a $2.4 million general fund shortfall for the fiscal year starting July 1, but the hole may be growing larger.

The city expects to lose anywhere from $500,000 to $1.7 million if state cuts proposed by the governor are adopted. The city also projects payments from the Downtown Development Authority could come in as much as $700,000 less than previously expected.

The April 13 meeting will be taped for replay on CTN's Channel 16 or available to replay online within 24 hours after the meeting at

Visit for replay dates when available.

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 e-mail newsletters.



Wed, Mar 23, 2011 : 1:36 p.m.

snapshot: I know that your impression is that all government employees are over-paid but I doubt that your belief is supported by facts. Admittedly I would like to see each city employee position listed along with its salary and benefits. To keep this in perspective the qualifications required for each position should be provided as well. With this information salaries for comparable work in the private sector can be compared. For many government employees the benefit package is considered part of the employees remuneration, as it should. Therefore, many federal and state employees receive lower salaries when compared to the private sector which may approach equalization when their benefit packages are considered.


Wed, Mar 23, 2011 : 12:33 p.m.

What is the purpose of the invitation ? Resent precedent of behind the door deals and no public input, seems to make this so called invitation disingenuous.

L. C. Burgundy

Wed, Mar 23, 2011 : 5:14 a.m.

Here's the short version for those that won't be able to make it: "We're broke."


Wed, Mar 23, 2011 : 2:50 a.m.

I say all government employees and unions take a 10% cut in pay and benefits rather than impose increased taxes and fees for the "general" public, or implement a city income tax which studies prove will be a stable source of revenue in Ann Arbor. Mayor Heifjie, however, for reasons that defy fiscal logic is oppossed to even giving the voters a chance to vote on an income tax proposal. He says it has failed in the past, how do renters enjoy the savings of reduced property taxes? Landlords will have to pay income taxes so there is no "windfall" and the past is the past and no longer relevant to this arguement.