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Lakeland City Commission begins 2025 budget talks

Here’s what you need to know as the mayor, commissioners, and city staff determine the FY 2025 budget.

Lakeland City Commissioners and city staff sit at desks arranged in a semi-circle in a budget workshop. Each has a name placard and a microphone at their seat.

Be in the room where it happens or join in virtually.

Screenshot via City of Lakeland

City Hall will be abuzz this week as Lakeland’s staff meet for an overview of the task ahead: setting the city’s next budget before the 2025 fiscal year begins on Oct. 1.

The first budget workshop is set for Thursday, July 11, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Lakeland Electric. The limited agenda includes a financial update and discussions about the operational budget between the City Commission + top city staff.

This workshop is open to all, but public comments won’t be taken just yet. Mark your calendar for the formal budget hearings on Thursday, Sept. 5 and Thursday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. to share your thoughts with commissioners. You can also watch the budget workshop live online.

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