Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller will host her own budget town hall on Friday, grilling the county staff about the proposed fiscal 2014 budget.
The 3 1/2-hour public meeting she helped to organize with County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is an alternative to her failed attempt last week to get the Board of Supervisors to hold two daylong budget work sessions for the public.
Miller, a Republican, was unable to sway any of the Democratic board majority last week to hold one or more public budget study sessions. Only fellow Republican Ray Carroll supported the idea.
"The citizens of this county deserve the opportunity to hear and be heard during this process," Miller said in a press release. "I have organized this question-and-answer session on behalf of the citizens of Pima County."
The public meeting, to be held in the Board of Supervisors hearing room in the county Administration Building, will have a four-person panel fielding questions that have previously been submitted to Miller's office.
Huckelberry said the cost of the meeting is expected to be a few thousand dollars, mostly for security and the salaries of the Pima County department directors attending the meeting.
The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. and is scheduled to conclude at noon.
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