Mayor Dwight Jones to hold ‘Community Conversation’ city budget proposal

Posted at 7:48 AM, Mar 28, 2012

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – With some cities and local communities having a hard time because of tough economy, Richmond residents have a chance Wednesday night to hear more about Mayor Dwight Jones’ budget.

The mayor is holding a ‘community conversation’, where he is expected to talk more about his priorities for city spending.

In early March, Mayor Jones laid out his proposed amendments to the budget for this upcoming fiscal year, which starts in July, announcing plans to invest the nearly $63 million dollar refund from the RMA in the city’s tourism industry, with renovations to the Landmark Theater and a new ball park on The Diamond atop the proposal.

Mayor Jones has also mentioned he’d like to transform public housing complexes into mixed income communities anchored by high performing schools.

In a statement released to the media, Jones’ camp announced the “proposed budget contains no new taxes, nor does it propose reductions in core services, or employee layoffs or furloughs”.

The budget forum will be held at the Virginia War Memorial at 6:30 p.m.