At Tuesday’s meeting, the Council continued its Fiscal Year 2017-18 Citywide budget discussions. As part of the Public Services briefing, Council Members discussed infrastructure funding for potholes and other street repairs—a Council priority this year–City parks maintenance, the potential impact of shifting Rose Park into Public Services, and the success of the City’ youth programs. Council Member Erin Mendenhall expressed interest in finding more funding to replace City trees that the City removes due to disease or other reasons as part of the budget process.
The briefing for the Police Department included data on a previous year’s appropriation for testing of all sexual assault kits, which resulted in multiple arrests.
During the budget amendment discussion, Council Members expressed their policy concerns with retroactive mid-year funding requests. Council Members said that for transparency purposes, they would prefer to have public discussions before departments make significant budget adjustments.
The Council will hold another public hearing about the Citywide budget on Tuesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. The Council will continue its budget discussions on Tuesday, May 30 and June 6.
The Council also:
Watch video of the discussions from the Council’s budget discussions and hearings so far: