Mayor Malik Hosting Public Engagement on 2024 Operating Budget

Join Facebook livestream or attend Community Town Hall on March 20

Akron, Ohio, March 15, 2024  — Today, Akron Mayor Shammas Malik is announcing three public engagement efforts surrounding his proposed 2024 Operating Budget. Next Wednesday, March 20 at noon, Mayor Malik will conduct a Facebook livestream with Director of Finance Steve Fricker on the Mayor’s Office Facebook page to discuss the proposed budget and take questions live. Then, the City of Akron will host a community town hall in person on Wed. March 20 from 6-8pm at Firestone CLC (470 Castle Blvd.) to offer residents a chance to learn more and share feedback. Residents can also submit feedback online here. View the proposed budget overview here. For the full executive summary click here.  

“I believe it’s important to engage with our residents on a regular basis and particularly important when we are discussing one of the largest pieces of city government which is our budget,” said Mayor Malik. “I look forward to sharing the budget with our community in person as well as online and answering questions regarding our allocations and the budget process.”

In addition to the in-person town hall, the Mayor will livestream the presentation portion of the event on the City’s YouTube channel available here.   

To learn more, residents can watch all of the recorded City Council committee meetings on the budget on Council’s YouTube page here.

The proposed budget outlines $815 million in investments, with 69% of general fund expenditures going towards staffing. This year’s budget focuses on Mayor Malik’s main priorities with an emphasis on public safety, realigning the Mayor’s office with strategic personnel decisions, and investing in community initiatives around education, economic development, and more. This budget allocates for the highest number of uniformed police officers and firefighters in over 20 years. 


Stephanie Marsh, Director of Communications or 330-256-1191