Alaska’s House Finance Committee has scheduled a community budget meeting in Ketchikan, starting at noon Saturday, March 23rd, at the Ted Ferry Civic Center.

The meeting is expected to last through 3 p.m.

It’s one of a series of meetings the committee has scheduled statewide for members to hear directly from Alaska residents about the governor’s proposed budget.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has proposed significant cuts to state services. Just a few of those are public education, the Alaska Marine Highway System and senior programs including Pioneer Homes.

Other committee meetings will take place in Juneau, the Mat-Su borough, Bethel, Kenai, Anchorage, Sitka and Fairbanks.

A previously scheduled town hall meeting in Ketchikan to gather public input on the state budget has been cancelled because it would duplicate the committee meeting on Saturday. That town hall meeting was to take place on March 28th. Gov. Dunleavy has announced his own series of meetings to present his budget to Alaska residents. Those meetings will take place in Kenai, Anchorage, Nome, Fairbanks and Wasilla.