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Meeting rules, budget concerns top council retreat agenda
The Daily Progress Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 9 p.m.

At its annual retreat last week, the Charlottesville City Council developed a proposed new framework for its regular meetings and discussed the upcoming fiscal year budget, which, according to recent expenditure and revenue estimates, is currently facing a $2.8 million deficit.

The budget, council initiatives, meeting procedures and the recent tenor of public discourse at meetings were the subject of multi-session discussions at the council’s two-day retreat at Morven Farm in Albemarle County on Thursday and Friday.

Council meetings soon could begin 30 minutes earlier and include 16 speaker slots during a new “community matters” period in which people can address the council and expect an immediate, albeit brief, response from the city manager or any of the councilors.

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