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Brian Coddington

Community priorities drive budget proposal

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, No Phone Number Available

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 4:01 p.m.

Community priorities drive budget proposal

Investments in public safety and streets, consistently top community priorities, are among the central focuses of the proposed 2016 budget Mayor David Condon submitted to the City Council.

Highlights include 12 hire-ahead firefighter positions, additional resources to training and overtime in both Police and Fire, and the continuation of the police officer hire-ahead program. The amount that will be spent on street improvements next year nearly doubles. The Administration and City Council worked closely over the past several months to support other enhancements in the areas of jobs and economic growth, budget stability, infrastructure and quality of life.

The total of all City budgets will be $806 million, including a $177.9 million General Fund portion. The General Fund supports general municipal services that include police and criminal justice, fire and emergency medical response, streets, parks, libraries, planning, community and economic development, and a host of smaller specialized services aimed at neighborhoods, historic preservation, and human services, among others. The General Fund budget anticipates expenses that will be about 2.7 percent higher than the expected finish to this year.

The City Council will hold public hearings over the next several weeks with the intent to pass the budget at the conclusion of those discussions.

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