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Mayor Berke presents $230 million 2017 budget

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Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke presented the City's proposed 2017 budget to the city council Tuesday evening.

The proposed $230 million operating budget would not require a tax increase, Berke said.

About 50 percent of entire operating budget will be spent on making streets safer, including investment in body cameras and security cameras as part of a Real-Time Intelligence Center (RTIC).

"While the last two months have seen an escalation in gun violence, this year's budget invests in technology such as cameras, which can keep people safer," Berke wrote.

The budget also includes $3.6 million set aside for paving. His office calls it an unprecedented level of funding for street improvements.

The FY17 Capital Budget will include a previously announced $6 million Avondale YFD Center. Additionally, Mayor Berke said the Walnut Street Bridge will need $1 million in improvement and repair.

The city council will spend the next few weeks working on the budget before voting on it by the end of June.

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