The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting a town hall meeting in Astoria tonight seeking input on the agency's budget proposal for the 2005-07 biennium.

The budget being developed by the agency and calls for carrying the same level of staffing and programs in place. The projected cost to provide the same programs is $225.8 million.

The meeting will be 7 p.m. at the Duncan Law Seafood Consumer Center, 2021 Marine Drive.

Written comments on the budget are welcome within two weeks following each public meeting and should be sent to ODFW, 3406 Cherry Ave. N.E., Salem, OR 97303.

Public comments will also be heard at the Commission meeting on June 11 in Baker City. A budget approved by the Commission will be submitted to the Governor for consideration by the 2005 Legislature.

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