published Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Chattanooga officials have questions on Mayor Andy Berke's proposed budget

Chattanooga officials sent Mayor Andy Berke's proposed budget back today with multiple questions about why he doesn't outline how he will track the success or failure of his new public safety and economic programs.

Multiple council members questioned why the $212 million budget didn't clearly outline Berke's key initiatives: safer streets, stronger neighborhoods and growing economy, smarter students and stronger families, and innovative government. Neither does the budget show how the city will track the success of the programs the mayor wants to add, including adding 40 officers on the street and a city-funded federal prosecutor.

"We need a measuring cup, we need to determine what the outcomes are," Councilman Chip Henderson told Berke's staff today.

Part of the city's new budgeting technique led by Berke called Budgeting for Outcomes includes the city providing goals for their new programs that can be measured. This year the city is doing a pilot budget that Berke has said contains these principles.

Chief operating officer Andrew Kean told the council the city is still formatting how to track these programs success.

See tomorrow's Times Free Press for complete details.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...

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