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Abilene Roundup An Electronic Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 7 for Abilene Residents March 2010 City News Briefs City University in session Update on budget situation During the February 25 City Council meeting, City Manager Larry Gilley detailed the City of Abilene’s challenging budget situation. To date, sales tax revenue is down 10% this fiscal year. If the downward trend continues or worsens, it’s not unreasonable to anticipate having to trim over $4 million from the General Fund budget before September 30. Due to other recent efforts like holding vacancies open, the City will save nearly $2.4 million. But, depending on what the next sales tax rebate report shows on March 10, cuts to programs remain a strong possibil ity. See the budget presentation here. First furlough day is Friday, March 19 20092010 City University participants spent the February For the first time, the City is having a mandatory furlough day to help reduce class with the Abilene Police and costs. A furlough is a temporary hiatus without pay. There are three furlough Fire Departments. days scheduled: March 19, April 23 and July 2. For citizens, it will be similar to a Here they are in the Abilene holiday in which City offices and community centers are closed with the exception Police & Fire Communications of those providing life safety services such as fire and police protection. Center. Importance of 2010 Census to Abilene Where you reside on “Our goal this year is to provide key demographic April 1, 2010 will deter have the highest response information regarding size, mine whether or not you rate of all cities our size in ethnicity, gender and will play a role in the com the state of Texas.” names of every person in Mark your calendar plete count of Abilene. Only 68% of Taylor each household. More than $300 billion in County residents responded The Census is confiden * 8:30 a.m., March 4 federal and state funding to the Census in 2000. A tial and safe because by City Council Workshop is at stake along with the higher response rate means law, the Census Bureau boundaries for state and a more accurate count of cannot share the answers ( Abilene Civic Ctr., Conf. Room 2) local legislative and con Abilene’s population. of those who respond to the * 8:30 a.m., March 11 gressional districts. In ad The Census form will Census with anyone includ City Council Meeting dition, Census data guides ing other federal agencies decisions that could im arrive in the mail during * 8:30 a.m., March 25 the week of March 15, 2010. and law enforcement enti prove and enhance ser The questionnaire only has ties. City Council Meeting vices in our community. 10 questions and takes For more information City Council Chambers “The Census will allow about 10 minutes to com about the 2010 Census and 2nd floor, City Hall for better jobs, roads, plete, making it the shortest job openings, visit: http:// schools and healthcare,” census form in U.S. history. census.abilenetx.com/ 555 Walnut Street said Melissa Boisvert, Households are asked to index.html. See agendas 2010 Census Coordinator. www.abilenetx.com A City of Abilene Publication 3256766200 You have received this email because you have subscribed to the Abilene Roundup Newsletter email list. To unsubscribe, simply send an empty e mail to email@example.com. For more information or to subscribe to other City of Abilene email lists, go to http://www.abilenetx.com/index/lists.htm.
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