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The city's budget and finances will be the subject of a town hall meeting on Monday, April 17 hosted by Hendersonville Mayor Jamie Clary and the Hendersonville League of Women Voters. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Hendersonville High School.

"Hendersonville residents want to have input on how their tax dollars are spent," said Clary. Elected in November, this will be the first year Clary submits the city's budget to aldermen. Aldermen were scheduled to get a first official look at the 2017-18 fiscal year budget at a Board of Mayor and Aldermen workshop on Wednesday, April 12. By law, city leaders must pass an annual budget by July 1 of each year.

Clary's mayoral campaign centered around improving roads and traffic as well as providing more transparency in city government.

"I hope to learn how people feel about our proposed paving program, what they think about the city's overall priorities, and what ideas they have about city operations," Clary added.

Finance Director Ron Minnicks and Public Works Director Chip Moore will also be on hand to provide background information on the budget process as well as answer questions.

The city's annual budget is approximately $40 million.

"We want to provide information to residents to help them better understand the details of the city's revenues and expenses," said LWV President Lorelei Gould. "It is also an opportunity for aldermen and city officials to hear from residents about what the city's priorities should be."

Attendees will be allowed to submit written questions to the panel on four major topics: fire and safety, parks/city services, public works and revenue. Audience members will also be asked to respond to survey questions, according to Gould.

League member Katrina Gay will moderate the forum.

Those unable to attend, can view the meeting on local cable Channel 3, the League of Women Voters' Facebook page or on YouTube, Gould added.

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