Phenix City citizens get chance to voice opinion on budget

The public will get a chance to chime in on the fiscal 2008 Phenix City budget Thursday, when the city council holds a public hearing at 5 p.m. in the council chambers at the Public Safety Building, 1111 Broad St.

The city's proposed $26,314,568 budget includes a 2.5 percent cost-of-living raise for city employees with merit step increases and a 7-percent boost for the city's retirees and pensioners.

Most of the city's revenues are sales-tax driven, with the Wal-Mart Supercenter on the U.S. 280 Bypass the largest producer of sales-tax revenue in the city.