El Paso, TEXAS — The El Paso City Council plans to meet at 9 a.m. Monday in a special session. The agenda includes city budget planning for 2018-19.
The council is asking for community input. Residents are encouraged to visit elpasotexas.gov./chimein to take a six question survey including the opportunity to check your top three spending priorities. These include:
– Business services such as planning and zoning, permits and tax collection;
– Community health including garbage collection, recycling and public health;
– Cultural and educational programs including, but not limited to, the zoo, libraries and museums;
– Economic development including bringing new retail and entertainment venues to the area plus more international flights;
– Mobility which includes mass transit like the Sun Metro bus line and international bridges;
– Parks which also includes playgrounds and walking trails;
– Public safety which includes fire, police and ambulance services plus animal services;
– Streets which includes street repairs and lighting plus sidewalk maintenance and bicycle infrastructure.
People KFOX14 spoke to overnight weighed in on what programs they would like for their taxpayer dollars to go toward. “”I would like to see it go towards the arts and cultural division because I’m a dance teacher,” said Ibeth Salcido of west El Paso.
“I think a lot of our streets need very special attention, especially here on the west side – there’s a lot of potholes that need repairing.” stated Alfonso Arellano of west El Paso.
The survey will be available until May 6.
The council will meet in regular session Tuesday at City Hall. Mayor Dee Margo will officially recognize Poison Prevention Week, John Sherill Houser Day and Southwest University Day.