OGDEN — The City Council will host two virtual town hall meetings to get public input on the city’s 2018 budget.

The meetings, which will be streamed on the Council’s Facebook page, will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Aug. 1. Residents will be able to submit questions and comments about the budget before or during the meetings on any of the council’s social media accounts, via email at [email protected] and by phone.

Council members and staff will then address incoming questions in the video’s comments section, on the Council’s Google Plus and LinkedIn pages, and on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #OgdenBudget.

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Residents can also provide feedback on the budget in person during the two remaining public hearings scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Aug. 8 at the Ogden Municipal Building, 2549 Washington Blvd. The council will take action on the budget at the Aug. 8 meeting.

Among the key elements of the tentative budget, the council will consider maintaining the existing property tax rate instead of accepting the State Tax Commission’s lower certified tax rate.

According to the statement, maintaining the existing tax rate would generate an additional $808,389 in tax revenue, or 7 percent more than the certified tax rate, enabling the city to fund currently unfunded essential services.