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Chattanooga City Council passes new budget

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The Chattanooga City Council tackled two major issues at Tuesday night's meeting.

First: the budget.

The Council voted unanimously to approve Mayor Andy Berke's proposed $212-million budget, which includes increasing public safety, with the addition 40 new officers, creating affordable housing, by developing vacant, city-owned properties and, improving roads.

Chattanooga event halls were also on the agenda.

Last week, Mayor Berke announced proposed legislation to help close loopholes and crack down on violence surrounding 10 local event halls.

As a part of the new guidelines, owners will be required to get a special gathering permit.

The council approved the changes.

A second vote is scheduled for next week.

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