Additionally, the council is set to consider various amendments to potentially give hundreds of thousands of dollars to help nonprofits with gun violence prevention strategies that are showing positive results in other large cities.
The proposed operating budget, which relies on millions in federal COVID-19 dollars, directs more money to public health and safety, funds housing initiatives, prepares for climate change, and increases racial justice and social equality. Makes more commitment to.
The mayor’s executive budget also includes funding to add eight police officers, 10 firefighters and other municipal positions when the city absorbs most of Madison the following fall.
Ahead of Tuesday’s meeting, the proposed operating budget would increase spending for 2022 by 3.1% to $360.3 million; Tax collections up 1.2% to $259 million; and increase the city tax on the average home, which is now valued at $335,200, by 1.8%, or $49.99, to $2,786.05.
The council only has $79,000 more to spend in the operating budget before the state-mandated levy limit is met.
Inflated dramatically by a $166 million price tag to launch the first phase of the massive federally funded BRT system, the proposed capital budget would be the largest in the city’s history.