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Hearing in Kent on 2011 County Budget is tonight at Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center

The Metropolitan King County Council’s Budget and Fiscal Management Committee will go to Kent tonight to hear from the public on the 2011 Executive Proposed Budget. The meeting takes place 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center, 401 Fourth Ave., Kent, in Jury Assembly Room 2E.

This is the last of four special evening public hearings hosted by Councilmember Julia Patterson, chair of the Council’s Budget Committee, on the 2011 Executive Proposed Budget. The special evening hearings are an opportunity for the public to discuss their budget priorities. More than 300 people have attended the meetings held at the County Courthouse, Bellevue and Snoqualmie.

County Executive Dow Constantine presented his proposed $5 billion county budget to the County Council Sept. 27. Over the last three weeks, the Budget Committee has reviewed the proposal, which includes $60 million in cuts to the $612 million General Fund budget. More than three-quarters of the General Fund is directed toward law, justice and public safety services, and those agencies are facing significant cuts.

Day-after coverage of the hearing will be available both online and on King County TV, seen on Comcast and Broadstripe Cable Channel 22. You can also sign up to follow the deliberations through the Council’s 2011 Budget Blog, Facebook and Twitter.

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