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Des Moines city officials are getting the public’s input on their budget proposal.

Dozens showed up to the first of two meetings on the issue.

The city is proposing a $176-million general operating budget for 2015.

Currently, there is no plan to raise property taxes. However, if the temporary franchise fee is not approved by voters this spring, officials say they would likely need to increase property taxes to pay off the $40-million the city owes its residents following a lawsuit.

Residents also got the chance to meet with various city leaders and talk one-on-one.

“It’s not the seven of us sitting at a table and voting on budget and policy, but it’s doing that with input from our citizens and businesses so that we know what’s important for today and moving into the future,” Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie said.

The second town hall meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Des Moines Central Library Thursday.

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