The Elmira community will get the chance to voice its concerns over the proposed budget, which includes a hefty tax hike.

The city council voted unanimously Monday to hold a public meeting later this month.

The proposed budget includes a 17 percent property tax increase. The average taxpayer with an accessed home of $50,000 would have to pay about $190 more a year. Leaders said the hike is an effort to curb the city's $4 million deficit.

They're open to suggestions. The public hearing is scheduled for February 20 at 5:30 p.m. on the second floor of city hall, in the city council chambers.