Lodi Area Community Forums On Proposed State Budget Start May 4th

by Free Speech on May 3, 2011

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Public Invited to Learn More About Proposed State Budget

Many of us find ourselves overwhelmed as we try to figure out what’s in the proposed state budget. We may also be confused about its potential impacts on life in the Lodi area. Yet we know that there will be impacts, and as involved citizens we need to understand what is being considered for our state and community.

The public is invited to learn more at two upcoming events, “Community Forums on the Proposed State Budget and Possible Effects on the Lodi Area.” The goal of the forums is to provide education and information. Each forum will focus on two or three issues addressed within the budget. Speakers will briefly present the key points in the proposed budget relative to each issue. After the speakers share information there will be time for audience questions and discussion.

The first forum will be Wednesday, May 4, from 6:30-8:00 at the Lodi Town Hall, across from the Lodi Women’s Club Library. The topics to be addressed are schools and health care. Chuck Pursell, Interim District Administrator for the Lodi School District, will talk about proposed budget items related to the schools. A representative from ABC for Health has been invited to share information about items related to Senior Care and Badger Care. The moderator for this forum will be Bill Haupt.

The second forum will take place Wednesday, May 18, from 6:30-8:00 at the Lodi Women’s Club Library. Three topics will be on the agenda: Recycling, Water Quality, and Library Funding. Bill Casey, Director of the Columbia County Recycling and Waste Processing Facility, will speak about proposed budget items that address recycling. Ron Martin, retired DNR Water Specialist, will share information about items concerning water quality. Kristine Millard, Co-Director of the Lodi Women’s Club Library, will talk about the items related to library funding. The moderator for this forum will be Trish Priewe.

The community forums are being organized by Citizens Now, a group of concerned residents, and are offered at no cost. We encourage people of all ages, including youth, to take this opportunity to

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