Wednesday June 23, 2004
The Metro Council is scheduled to vote tonight on Mayor Jerry Abramson’s budget proposal for the FY 2004-05 fiscal year.
The following is a summary of the original budget plan. The Appropriations Committee made some slight changes, but all of the listed items are still in the budget ordinance.
Mayor Abramson, who is en route to the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Boston, will release a statement via e-mail following tonight’s vote.
Highlights of Mayor Abramson’s FY 04-05 Budget:
$692 million spending plan Doesn’t raise taxes Maintains basic services Tackles long-deferred maintenance Focuses on community needs and priorities Safety
· Allocates $127 million for police, largest amount and increase of any agency
· Puts more police officers on the street and hires civilians to handle office tasks now done by officers
· Includes $1 million to purchase Tasers for all patrol officers and sergeants
· Invests $4 million in MetroSafe to purchase Federal Reserve Building for emergency communications headquarters Jobs
· Invests $6.5 million in economic development efforts to add jobs and companies Roads and sidewalks
· Authorizes $7 million in road, bridge and sidewalk projects Parks
· Provides $25 million to operate system · Includes $2 million for facility improvements and expansions Downtown
· Continues renaissance with street improvements, Waterfront Park expansion Library
· Includes $18.3 million, a 5 percent increase · Pledges $300,000 over four years to support Every 1 Reads literacy Air quality
· Provides $700,000 to help reduce emissions of 18 cancer-causing chemicals Health
· Invests $2 million in preventive care and treatment
· Provides $6 million for indigent care at University Hospital Housing
· Allocates $8.7 million for housing improvements, including Portland & Newburg
· Includes $2.4 million for Clarksdale renaissance