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Budget Hearing #2! Make your voice heard.

City Council still has not voted on the budget presentation given by the Mayor. There is still time for your voice to be heard. But you do need to either sign-up for a live comment or leave a pre-recorded three minute voicemail in order to be heard. Go ahead and sign up today! Please share the word with everyone you know, so we can truly make an impact! Let's re-imagine public safety.

 

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THANK YOU FOR BEING INVOLVED

Upcoming City Council Budget Hearing

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 5:00 PM (Virtually)

Your voice should be heard. In order to be heard, you must sign up for live comment OR leave a voicemail no later than 5pm on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. 

 

LEAVE A VOICEMAIL: 813-274-8877 (Make sure you state your name, the area of the city you reside in, and that you are calling concerning the Sept 16 budget hearing. Maximum time is 3 minutes. Make sure you follow the prompts when you dial.)

 

REQUEST A SPOT TO SPEAK LIVE AT CITY COUNCIL VIRTUALLY:

Fill out this form and specify the Sept 16 5pm Evening Meeting. Put BUDGET for Agenda Item. https://www.tampagov.net/city-council-meeting-public-comment-form

 

TALKING POINTS

  • Urge the City Council to reject Mayor Castor’s proposal to increase Tampa Police Department’s budget by $13 million, and instead urge them to move that money into the community.

  • 19% of the city’s population is at or below the poverty line. The city should invest in an equitable housing program, a child care voucher program, and a Tampa jobs program, which will boost our city’s economy.

  • 13% of the city’s population are uninsured residents, so the city should invest in a health care program to ensure people have access to health care, which includes mental health and substance abuse treatment.

  • The city should look at programs like CAHOOTS and the Office of Neighborhood Safety that serve as alternative first responders to assist individuals in crisis, without burdening the police. 

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