City Council to Hear Concerns about Columbia's 2014 Budget

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COLUMBIA - Columbia residents will have a chance to voice their concerns to city council members Monday night about 2014's budget.

A pre-city council meeting will begin at 6 p.m., before a regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m.

Three things will be discussed at the meeting. The Health Impact Assessment Report on transit results found a transportation utility fee will negatively affect low and fixed-income residents. The council will also touch on House Bill 253, a tax increase on prescription drugs and college textbooks Governor Jay Nixon vetoed earlier in the summer. Lastly, the Columbia Housing Authority will discuss their rental assistance demonstration program.

After discussing these topics, the public will have a chance to voice any comments or concerns to those who decide where their money is spent.