published Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Chattanooga City Council gives Mayor Andy Berke's budget first approval

With a 9-0 vote tonight, City Council members approved the first reading of Mayor Andy Berke’s $212 million budget.

A budget that will add 40 officers on the street, a federal prosecutor and a program to rid the city of vacant and dilapidated homes in neighborhoods will go before the council for a final vote next week.

“A vote for this budget is a vote for safer streets,” Berke told the council. “We appreciate the council giving us a little extra time to present a budget we are proud of.”

The council also amended the budget adding more than $2.5 million to the city’s road paving project.

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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