Budget talks will get down to business

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Our Views

 May and June are times when governmental leaders are faced with the task to determine how much money they will have to spend and how they will spend it.

The new fiscal year begins on July 1. That means that governmental agencies must have their new budgets approved and published in The Pioneer News no later than June 30, 2012.

This means that over the course of the next few weeks, you may be reading about discussions on money issues.

Some cities, such as the smaller municipalities, are probably in the best financial shape.

Hillview looks to be the first of the larger cities to have its budget in working order. Employees will even see a pay increase in the proposed budget.

In Shepherdsville, money woes have stolen the spotlight for the past 15 months. City officials are hoping to have solid numbers from the current fiscal year to begin building a budget with confidence.

Bullitt County magistrates have until the end of this month to turn in changes to the proposed budget. Changes have been promised. It will just yet to be known how the final vote will be.

As the leaders talk, taxpayers are always welcome to attend meetings and get involved. It is our tax dollars that are being spent and we should have a voice in that decision.

Above all, we expect the dollars to be spent wisely. That is the key to proper budgeting.