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.
Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...