DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – What is expected to be another long, public fight over next year’s budget in the City of Dallas is about to get underway.

Dallas is holding a public hearing on its’ budget shortfall.

Between state and federal cuts and what was already going to be a challenging year, Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm says the city wants to hear from those who have solutions, not just complaints.

“The state legislators told me the other evening, ‘Don’t come down here telling me what we can’t do, come down here telling me what you think the solution to the problem would be,’” she said.

Suhm doesn’t expect this year’s shortfall to be as high as last fiscal year’s. “Dallas’ situation, just on the local level, is getting a little bit better when you see sales tax improving a little bit,” said Suhm.

Despite numbers being lower, some pre-property tax estimates have put the deficit anywhere between $41 and $96 million.

The public hearing, in the Dallas City Hall council chambers, starts at 1:00 p.m.