— The Sunnyside City Council will meet at 6:30 tonight to try to nail down a few of the controversial aspects of the 2013 budget.

The public will be allowed to comment.

About 40 people attended Monday’s City Council meeting, many of them police department employees hoping to speak. But Mayor Mike Farmer adjourned without hearing them.

City officials are in the final innings of a process to pass a controversial 2013 budget that will most likely involve heavy tax increases, spending cuts, or perhaps both. They adjourned Monday’s meeting without letting members of the audience comment, which angered many in attendance.

Monday’s meeting featured one agenda item: a continuation of a public hearing for the 2013 proposed budget, which has been on the agenda since early November because the council keeps continuing it. As part of that overall hearing process, public comment was mentioned in the agenda line.

However, the public comment portion of the hearing is over now and it’s the council members’ turn to talk, Farmer and interim city manager Frank Sweet said. In hindsight, city staff should have removed the reference to public comments on Monday’s agenda to be more clear, Sweet said.